Enterprise Application Discovery and Monitoring Management with ExplorViz.

Krause, Alexander (2018) Enterprise Application Discovery and Monitoring Management with ExplorViz. (Master thesis), Kiel University, Kiel, 92 pp.

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Developers’ knowledge and comprehension about program internals does not scale with
the complexity and scope of today’s software. The vast number of lines of source code and
external dependencies are two factors, which exacerbate this observation. Static analysis
approaches, such as utility tools of integrated development environments, may reduce the
number of overall problems. However, only dynamic analysis and monitoring tools are able
to show flaws during program runtime. Such tools use different visualizations to depict
analyzed data and potential software issues. Unfortunately, the underlying monitoring
approaches often lack a plausible usability and require an unnecessary long time to setup.
This might discourage developers from using these tools. Therefore, the latter miss their
major purpose, i.e., improving software.

In this thesis, we present an approach for an application discovery and monitoring
management system, abbreviated to ADAMMS. Our developed design addresses critical
features such as monitoring setup and application lifecycle or monitoring management.
We implement the design in the form of an extension to the ExplorViz research tool,
which explores software visualizations for dynamic runtime data. The resulting ExplorViz
ADAMMS is able to discover running Java applications in Debian operating systems.
The software facilitates the implementation of custom discovery mechanisms, based on a
provided scaffold. Thus, our extensible system is capable of supporting different types of
applications and operating systems.

In a subsequent evaluation, we successfully show the feasibility of our implementation.
We further examine the usability by means of a pilot study, which includes a task-oriented
experiment and a structural interview. The results indicate a good usability, but further
experiments with more probands are necessary to obtain comparable results. Both experiments
reveal small adjustments that would possibly enhance the implementation. Finally,
we give an outlook and suggest topics for future work.

Document Type: Thesis (Master thesis)
Keywords: Application Disovery, Application Mangement
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Software Engineering
Open Access Journal?: Yes
Projects: ExplorViz, Kieker
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2018 15:23
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2018 09:58
URI: https://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/42625

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