Curator: Provenance Management for Modern Distributed Systems


Warren Smith, The Weather Company; Thomas Moyer, UNC Charlotte; Charles Munson, MIT Lincoln Laboratory


Data provenance is a valuable tool for protecting and troubleshooting distributed systems. Careful design of the provenance components reduces the impact on the design, implementation, and operation of the distributed system. In this paper, we present Curator, a provenance management toolkit that can be easily integrated with microservice-based systems and other modern distributed systems. This paper describes the design of Curator and discusses how we have used Curator to add provenance to distributed systems. We find that our approach results in no changes to the design of these distributed systems and minimal additional code and dependencies to manage. In addition, Curator uses the same scalable infrastructure as the distributed system and can therefore scale with the distributed system.

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@inproceedings {220319,
author = {Warren Smith and Thomas Moyer and Charles Munson},
title = {Curator: Provenance Management for Modern Distributed Systems},
booktitle = {10th USENIX Workshop on the Theory and Practice of Provenance (TaPP 2018)},
year = {2018},
address = {London},
url = {},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = jul