MicroView: Cloud-Native Observability with Temporal Precision

Alessandro Cornacchia, Theophilus A. Benson, Muhammad Bilal, Marco Canini

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We present MicroView, a system designed to improve the accuracy and timeliness of observability in cloud-native applications, while minimizing overhead. MicroView stands out from conventional observability tools by incorporating metrics processing stages at every node within a local lightweight data-plane. We preliminary demonstrate its benefits for distributed tracing and outline a set of architectural choices focused on offloading the MicroView data-plane to IPU accelerators, such as a BlueField-3 SmartNIC, thus limiting the interference with running services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCoNEXT-SW 2023 - Proceedings of the CoNEXT Student Workshop 2023
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9798400704529
StatePublished - Dec 8 2023
Event2023 CoNEXT Student Workshop, CoNEXT-SW 2023 - Paris, France
Duration: Dec 8 2023 → …

Publication series

NameCoNEXT-SW 2023 - Proceedings of the CoNEXT Student Workshop 2023


Conference2023 CoNEXT Student Workshop, CoNEXT-SW 2023
Period12/8/23 → …


  • cloud-native
  • microservices observability
  • programmable networks
  • SmartNIC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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