Attributes assessing the quality of microservices automatically decomposed from monolithic applications

Michel Daniel Cojocaru, Ana Oprescu, Alexandru Uta

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Abstract

The architectural styles in the world of software development are constantly evolving. Recently the microservice architecture is gaining more and more traction, building on concepts of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and steering further away from monolithic architectures. Emerged from agile communities, the microservice oriented architecture implies a number of small-sized microservices independently deployable. The adoption of microservices as the base for creating enterprise applications is certain, yet many companies intend to migrate from the old monolithic style instead of creating new products mainly due to cost related implications as well as challenging and complex tasks. Several tools and approaches for the semi-automatic decomposition of monolithic applications to microservices have emerged, yet many of them still struggle to verify the result of such process, the architect being indispensable for assessing the output microservices. Although this area is intensely studied, no unanimously accepted and clear guidelines for defining a good microservice exist. This survey focuses on providing a comprehensive and broadly applicable set of quality assessment criteria for microservices resulted from semi-automatic migration tools or techniques. Our study aligns with industry requirements, including a case study which further validates our set of quality attributes. In the refinement step of the quality attributes set, the prospect of automating the process of validation is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 18th International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Computing, ISPDC 2019
EditorsAlexandru Iosup, Florin Pop, Radu Prodan, Alexandru Uta
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages84-93
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781728138008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2019
Event18th International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Computing, ISPDC 2019 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Jun 20197 Jun 2019

Conference

Conference18th International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Computing, ISPDC 2019
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period5/06/197/06/19

Keywords

  • Criteria
  • Decomposition
  • Metrics
  • Microservices
  • Quality
  • Validation

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