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Paper presented at CLOSER 2018

Our paper "AUTOGENIC: Automated Generation of Self-configuring Microservices" has been presented at the 8th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science (CLOSER 2018).

AUTOGENIC: Automated Generation of Selfconfiguring Microservices

Stefan Kehrer, Wolfgang Blochinger

Abstract: The state of the art proposes the microservices architectural style to build applications. Additionally, container virtualization and container management systems evolved into the perfect fit for developing, deploying, and operating microservices in line with the DevOps paradigm. Container virtualization facilitates deployment by ensuring independence from the runtime environment. However, microservices store their configuration in the environment. Therefore, software developers have to wire their microservice implementation with technologies provided by the target runtime environment such as configuration stores and service registries. These technological dependencies counteract the portability benefit of using container virtualization. In this paper, we present AUTOGENIC - a model-based approach to assist software developers in building microservices as self-configuring containers without being bound to operational technologies. We provide developers with a simple configuration model to specify configuration operations of containers and automatically generate a self-configuring microservice tailored for the targeted runtime environment. Our approach is supported by a method, which describes the steps to automate the generation of self-configuring microservices. Additionally, we present and evaluate a prototype, which leverages the emerging TOSCA standard.