Containerized development and microservices for self-driving vehicles: Experiences & best practices
Paper in proceedings, 2017

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 data centers 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.

Author

Christian Berger

University of Gothenburg

Björnborg Nguyen

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Vehicle Engineering and Autonomous Systems

Ola Benderius

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Vehicle Engineering and Autonomous Systems

Proceedings - 2017 IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture Workshops, ICSAW 2017: Side Track Proceedings

7-12

Subject Categories

Vehicle Engineering

Robotics

DOI

10.1109/ICSAW.2017.56

ISBN

978-1-5090-4793-2

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Created

10/7/2017