Mikael’s paper “Studying the Performance Risks of Upgrading Docker Hub Images: A Case Study of WordPress” was accepted for publication at ICPE 2022! Super congrats Mikael!
“The Docker Hub repository contains Docker images of applications, which allow users to do in-place upgrades to benefit from the latest released features and security patches. However, prior work showed that upgrading a Docker image not only changes the main application, but can also change many dependencies. In this paper, we present a methodology to study the performance impact of upgrading the Docker Hub image of an application, thereby focusing on changes to dependencies. We demonstrate our methodology through a case study of 90 official images of the WordPress application. Our study shows that Docker image users should be cautious and conduct a performance test before upgrading to a newer Docker image in most cases. Our methodology can assist them to better understand the performance risks of such upgrades, and helps them to decide how thorough such a performance test should be.”
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