Modularization of Research Software for Collaborative Open Source Development

Zirkelbach, Christian, Krause, Alexander and Hasselbring, Wilhelm (2019) Modularization of Research Software for Collaborative Open Source Development [Paper] In: The Ninth International Conference on Advanced Collaborative Networks, Systems and Applications (COLLA 2019), June 30 - July 04, 2019, Rome, Italy.

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Abstract

Software systems evolve over their lifetime. Changing conditions, such as requirements or customer requests make it inevitable for developers to perform adjustments to the underlying code base. Especially in the context of open source software where everybody can contribute, requirements can change over time and new user groups may be addressed. In particular, research software is often not structured with a maintainable and extensible architecture. In combination with obsolescent technologies, this is a challenging task for new developers, especially, when students are involved.

In this paper, we report on the modularization process and architecture of our open source research project ExplorViz towards a microservice architecture. The new architecture facilitates a collaborative development process for both researchers and students. We describe the modularization measures and present how we solved occurring issues and enhanced our development process. Afterwards, we illustrate our modularization approach with our modernized, extensible software system architecture and highlight the improved collaborative development process. Finally, we present a proof-of-concept implementation featuring several developed extensions in terms of architecture and extensibility.

Document Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: collaborative software engineering, open source software, software visualization, architectural modernization, microservices
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Software Engineering
ISSN: 2308-4227
Projects: ExplorViz
Date Deposited: 22 May 2019 10:52
Last Modified: 22 May 2019 10:58
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/46777

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