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Containerized Development and Microservices for Self-Driving Vehicles: Experiences & Best Practices

Conference paper
Authors Christian Berger
B. Nguyen
O. Benderius
Published in 2017 IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture Workshops (Icsaw)
ISBN 978-1-5090-4793-2
Publisher IEEE
Place of publication New York
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Computer Science and Engineering (GU)
Language en
Keywords darpa-urban-challenge
Subject categories Software Engineering

Abstract

In this paper, experiences and best practices from using containerized software microservices for self-driving vehicles are shared. We applied the containerized software paradigm successfully to both the software development and deployment to turn our software architecture in the vehicles following the idea of microservices. Key enabling elements include onboarding of new developers, both researchers and students, traceable development and packaging, convenient and bare-bone deployment, and traceably archiving binary distributions of our quickly evolving software environment. In this paper, we share our experience from working one year with containerized development and deployment for our self-driving vehicles highlighting our reflections and application-specific shortcomings; our approach uses several components from the widely used Docker ecosystem, but the discussion in this paper generalizes these concepts. We conclude that the growingly complex automotive software systems in combination with their computational platforms should be rather understood as datacenters on wheels to design both, (a) the software development and deployment processes, and (b) the software architecture in such a way to enable continuous integration, continuous deployment, and continuous experimentation.

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