Systematic Scalability Analysis for Microservices Granularity Adaptation Design Decisions

Hassan, Sara and Bahsoon, Rami and Buyya, Rajkumar (2022) Systematic Scalability Analysis for Microservices Granularity Adaptation Design Decisions. Software: Practice and Experience. ISSN 0038-0644

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Microservices have gained wide recognition and acceptance in software industries as an emerging architectural style for autonomous, scalable, and more reliable computing. A critical problem related to microservices is reasoning about the suitable granularity level of a microservice (i.e. when and how to merge or decompose microservices). Although scalability is pronounced as one of the major factors for adoption of microservices, there is a general gap of approaches that systematically analyse the dimensions and metrics which are important for scalability-aware granularity adaptation decisions. To the best of our knowledge, the state-of-art in reasoning about microservice granularity adaptation is neither: 1) driven by microservice-specific scalability dimensions and metrics nor, 2) follow systematic scalability analysis to make scalability-aware adaptation decisions. In this paper, we address the aforementioned problems using a two-fold contribution. Firstly, we contribute to a working catalogue of microservice-specific scalability dimensions and metrics. Secondly, we describe a novel application of scalability goal-obstacle analysis for the context of reasoning about microservice granularity adaptation. We analyse both contributions by comparing their usage on a hypothetical microservice architecture against ad-hoc scalability assessment for the same architecture. This analysis shows how both contributions can aid making scalability-aware granularity adaptation decisions.

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25 December 2021Accepted
31 January 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: microservices, scalability, systematic analysis, guidance, goal-oriented analysis
Subjects: CAH11 - computing > CAH11-01 - computing > CAH11-01-01 - computer science
CAH11 - computing > CAH11-01 - computing > CAH11-01-04 - software engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Computing and Digital Technology
Depositing User: Sara Hassan
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2022 14:57
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 13:53

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