Investigation of Impacts on Network Performance in the Advance of a Microservice Design

  • Nane KratzkeEmail author
  • Peter-Christian Quint
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 740)


Due to REST-based protocols, microservice architectures are inherently horizontally scalable. That might be why the microservice architectural style is getting more and more attention for cloud-native application engineering. Corresponding microservice architectures often rely on a complex technology stack which includes containers, elastic platforms and software defined networks. Astonishingly, there are almost no specialized tools to figure out performance impacts (coming along with this microservice architectural style) in the upfront of a microservice design. Therefore, we propose a benchmarking solution intentionally designed for this upfront design phase. Furthermore, we evaluate our benchmark and present some performance data to reflect some often heard cloud-native application performance rules (or myths).


Cloud-native application Microservice Container Cluster Elastic platform Network Performance Reference Benchmark REST SDN Software-defined network 



This study was funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (03FH021PX4). We thank René Peinl and his research group for their valuable feedback and for their contribution to integrate Calico SDN into ppbench. We thank all reviewers for their valuable feedback on our initial conference paper [13], especially Bryan Boreham from Weaveworks.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center of Excellence for Communication, Systems and Applications(CoSA) Lübeck University of Applied SciencesLübeckGermany

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