RADON: rational decomposition and orchestration for serverless computing

Research paper by G. Casale, M. Artač, W.-J. van den Heuvel, A. van Hoorn, P. Jakovits, F. Leymann, M. Long, V. Papanikolaou, D. Presenza, A. Russo, S. N. Srirama, D. A. Tamburri, M. Wurster, L. Zhu

Indexed on: 24 Sep '20Published on: 26 Aug '19Published in: Computer Science - Research and Development


Emerging serverless computing technologies, such as function as a service (FaaS), enable developers to virtualize the internal logic of an application, simplifying the management of cloud-native services and allowing cost savings through billing and scaling at the level of individual functions. Serverless computing is therefore rapidly shifting the attention of software vendors to the challenge of developing cloud applications deployable on FaaS platforms. In this vision paper, we present the research agenda of the RADON project (http://radon-h2020.eu), which aims to develop a model-driven DevOps framework for creating and managing applications based on serverless computing. RADON applications will consist of fine-grained and independent microservices that can efficiently and optimally exploit FaaS and container technologies. Our methodology strives to tackle complexity in designing such applications, including the solution of optimal decomposition, the reuse of serverless functions as well as the abstraction and actuation of event processing chains, while avoiding cloud vendor lock-in through models.