Enhancing Performance of Distributed Transactions in Microservices via Buffered Serialization


  • Kindson Munonye Budapest University of Technology and Economics Budapest, Hungary
  • P. Martinek Budapest University of Technology and Economics Budapest, Hungary




Distributed Transactions, Microservices, Transaction Management, Serialization, Protocol Buffer, Buffered Serialization, Appointment transaction processing


Although the Microservices Architecture comes with a number of benefits, it is a challenge to design an efficient transaction management for multi-agent transactions that span across multiple services. Since microservices design require a loose coupling between service logic and resources, data used by a distributed transaction is spread across different nodes, there is need to an effective way to ensure data portability, speed consistency for transaction in microservices. Therefore this research addresses both the issue of improving transaction performance and maintaining data portability for distributed transactions in microservices. A novel approach to transaction management termed ‘buffered serialization’ is proposed in this research as a way to improve transaction management by the use serialization libraries. This work has a three-part objective which are (1) to highlight the challenges of distributed transaction management in microservices, (2) to propose an enhanced approach to transaction management through the use of buffered serialization between services (3) to provide a proof of concept for this novel approach. Obtained result indicate a 60% improvement in transaction failure recovery time, 10% higher success rate for load tests but an insignificantly higher resource utilization values.


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Author Biographies

Kindson Munonye, Budapest University of Technology and Economics Budapest, Hungary

Kindson Munonye received his M.Sc in Information and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 2016. Previously he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Computer Science from University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He is currently completing his Ph.D in Software Engineering with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He has also attained 9 year work experience in the industry. His research areas includes: Enterprise Application Integration, Microservices, CQRS and Event-Sourcing pattern. Other research interest includes microservices data mining and big data analytics. He has authored/co-authored 7 publications published in international journals.

P. Martinek, Budapest University of Technology and Economics Budapest, Hungary

P. Martinek received his B.Sc, M.Sc. and PhD. degrees in Computer Engineering from Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary. Dr. Martinek is an associate professor at the Department of Electronics Technology at BME since 2012. He is the recipient of the 2010 IBM Faculty award. His main research area is Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), but he also studies production scheduling and optimization of manufacturing processes by machine learning methods.


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