SEUSS: rapid serverless deployment using environment snapshots
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Citation (published version)James Cadden, Thomas Unger, Yara Awad, Han Dong, Orran Krieger, Jonathan Appavoo. 2019. "SEUSS: Rapid serverless deployment using environment snapshots.." CoRR, Volume abs/1910.01558,
Modern FaaS systems perform well in the case of repeat executions when function working sets stay small. However, these platforms are less effective when applied to more complex, large-scale and dynamic workloads. In this paper, we introduce SEUSS (serverless execution via unikernel snapshot stacks), a new system-level approach for rapidly deploying serverless functions. Through our approach, we demonstrate orders of magnitude improvements in function start times and cacheability, which improves common re-execution paths while also unlocking previously-unsupported large-scale bursty workloads.