Microservice architectures and serverless computing

Cloud computing and the explosive growth of mobile computing and new online services has brought new ways of structuring computing systems: microservice architectures and serverless computing.

This course is targeted at students with a basic understanding of service architectures and scalable architectures, and builds on top of that to look at what possibilities and new challenges microservice architectures and serverless computing brings on top of “classic” service architectures.
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Schedule:

Teaching time:

Evening

Location:

Online

Topic:

Information and communications technology

Form of learning:

Online

Provider:

Aalto University, FITech

Level:

Advanced

Credits:

5 By Aalto University (ECTS)

Fee:

Free of charge

Target group and prerequisites

A basic understanding of web service design and/or programming service systems. Suitable for Service architects (= role, not necessarily a job title).

Course description

The introduction of cloud computing and the explosive growth of mobile computing and new online services has also brought new ways of structuring computing systems: microservice architectures and serverless computing.

This course is targeted at students with a basic understanding of service architectures and scalable architectures, and builds on top of that to look at what possibilities and new challenges microservice architectures and serverless computing brings on top of “classic” service architectures.

As a prerequisite, you are assumed to know the difference between a front-end and back-end, what purpose a database serves, etc.

Course contents

  • Introduction
  • Microservice ecosystem
  • System design
  • Failures
  • Service architectures
  • Configuration and discovery
  • Scalability
  • Deployment
  • Service evolution
  • Serverless

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will have and understanding of

  • what microservice architectures are and what are the design principles used to design them.
  • differences between system and service design, and the appropriate abstractions to use common service architecture components and where to apply them.
  • scalability, configuration, deployment, service evolution, and serverless computing and why and how they are relevant to microservice architectures.

Course material

The course material consists of online topical resources, research articles, and relevant literature available online through the university library service. It will be provided during the course.

The course does not require any specific tools or software not commonly available.

Teaching schedule

To be agreed with students.

Completion methods

The course comprises of classes, group and individual assignments, and a system design report. The assignments include Internet searches for relevant material, reviewing provided material and summarising them, group exercises and results presentations, etc.

Application deadline: 20.2.2022.

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