Article in Proceedings INPROC-2016-14

BibliographyFerme, Vincenzo; Ivanckikj, Ana; Pautasso, Cesare; Skouradaki, Marigianna; Leymann, Frank: A Container-centric Methodology for Benchmarking Workflow Management Systems.
In: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Service Science, (CLOSER 2016), Rome, Italy, April 22-24, 2016.
University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Information Technology.
pp. 74-84, english.
SciTePress, April 23, 2016.
Article in Proceedings (Conference Paper).
CR-SchemaC.2.4 (Distributed Systems)
D.2.8 (Software Engineering Metrics)
D.2.11 (Software Engineering Software Architectures)
KeywordsBenchmarking; Docker Containers; Workflow Management Systems; Cloud Applications

Trusted benchmarks should provide reproducible results obtained following a transparent and well-defined process. In this paper, we show how Containers, originally developed to ease the automated deployment of Cloud application components, can be used in the context of a benchmarking methodology. The proposed methodology focuses on Workflow Management Systems (WfMSs), a critical service orchestration middleware, which can be characterized by its architectural complexity, for which Docker Containers offer a highly suitable approach. The contributions of our work are: 1) a new benchmarking approach taking full advantage of containerization technologies; and 2) the formalization of the interaction process with the WfMS vendors described clearly in a written agreement. Thus, we take advantage of emerging Cloud technologies to address technical challenges, ensuring the performance measurements can be trusted. We also make the benchmarking process transparent, automated, and repeatable so that WfMS vendors can join the benchmarking effort.

Department(s)University of Stuttgart, Institute of Architecture of Application Systems
Entry dateMay 2, 2016
   Publ. Institute   Publ. Computer Science