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Struhár, Václav ; Behnam, Moris ; Ashjaei, Mohammad ; Papadopoulos, Alessandro V.

Real-Time Containers: A Survey

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Container-based virtualization has gained a significant importance in a deployment of software applications in cloud-based environments. The technology fully relies on operating system features and does not require a virtualization layer (hypervisor) that introduces a performance degradation. Container-based virtualization allows to co-locate multiple isolated containers on a single computation node as well as to decompose an application into multiple containers distributed among several hosts (e.g., in fog computing layer). Such a technology seems very promising in other domains as well, e.g., in industrial automation, automotive, and aviation industry where mixed criticality containerized applications from various vendors can be co-located on shared resources.
However, such industrial domains often require real-time behavior (i.e, a capability to meet predefined deadlines). These capabilities are not fully supported by the container-based virtualization yet. In this work, we provide a systematic literature survey study that summarizes the effort of the research community on bringing real-time properties in container-based virtualization. We categorize existing work into main research areas and identify possible immature points of the technology.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{V{\'a}clav Struh{\'a}r and Moris Behnam and Mohammad Ashjaei and Alessandro V. Papadopoulos},
  title =	{{Real-Time Containers: A Survey}},
  booktitle =	{2nd Workshop on Fog Computing and the IoT (Fog-IoT 2020)},
  pages =	{7:1--7:9},
  series =	{OpenAccess Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-144-3},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2020},
  volume =	{80},
  editor =	{Anton Cervin and Yang Yang},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-120011},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.Fog-IoT.2020.7},
  annote =	{Keywords: Real-Time, Containers, Docker, LXC, PREEMPT_RT, Xenomai, RTAI}

Keywords: Real-Time, Containers, Docker, LXC, PREEMPT_RT, Xenomai, RTAI
Collection: 2nd Workshop on Fog Computing and the IoT (Fog-IoT 2020)
Issue Date: 2020
Date of publication: 08.04.2020

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