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Containers in Software Development : A Systematic Mapping Study (2019)

Koskinen, M., Mikkonen, T., & Abrahamsson, P. (2019). Containers in Software Development : A Systematic Mapping Study. In X. Franch, T. Männistö, & S. Martínez-Fernández (Eds.), PROFES 2019 : Product-Focused Software Process Improvement : 20th International Conference, Proceedings (pp. 176-191). Springer. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 11915. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-35333-9_13

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All authors or editors: Koskinen, Mikael; Mikkonen, Tommi; Abrahamsson, Pekka

Parent publication: PROFES 2019 : Product-Focused Software Process Improvement : 20th International Conference, Proceedings

Parent publication editors: Franch, Xavier; Männistö, Tomi; Martínez-Fernández, Silverio

Place and date of conference: Barcelona, Spain, 27.-29.11.2019

ISBN: 978-3-030-35332-2

eISBN: 978-3-030-35333-9

Journal or series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science

ISSN: 0302-9743

eISSN: 1611-3349

Publication year: 2019

Number in series: 11915

Pages range: 176-191

Number of pages in the book: 571

Publisher: Springer

Place of Publication: Cham

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-35333-9_13

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67310


Over the past decade, continuous software development has become a common place in the field of software engineering. Containers like Docker are a lightweight solution that developers can use to deploy and manage applications. Containers are used to build both component-based architectures and microservice architectures. Still, practitioners often view containers only as way to lower resource requirements compared to virtual machines. In this paper, we conducted a systematic mapping study to find information on what is known of how containers are used in software development. 56 primary studies were selected into this paper and they were categorized and mapped to identify the gaps in the current research. Based on the results containers are most often discussed in the context of cloud computing, performance and DevOps. We find that what is currently missing is more deeply focused research.

Keywords: software engineering; software development; software architecture; virtualisation

Free keywords: containers; software engineering; systematic mapping studies

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2019

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