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Welcome to the kernel module of the SIRIUS OpenSource framework created by scireum GmbH. To learn more about what SIRIUS is please refer to the following links:

SIRIUS Kernel Module

Being the foundation of all other modules, the kernel module has a minimal set of dependencies but also provides the core frameworks and a fair amount of commonly used classes.

Important files of this module:

The Kernel

The main classes of SIRIUS are Sirius and Setup. The former mainly controls the framework bootstrap and shutdown process and the latter determines how exactly things are handled. The setup class can be subclassed to customize things like the location of config files or the target directory of logs.

This is especially useful if SIRIUS is embedded in an application and manually started / stopped with its helper methods. If SIRIUS itself launches the application, it is strongly recommended to use the standard implementation. In this scenario one can use the main method of the Setup class to launch SIRIUS in the IDE or use IPL via the supplied docker runtime to build an image.

Note that Sirius itself doesn't do anything more than launching all frameworks in an appropriate order. Once the Dependency Injection Microkernel is up and running, it uses this framework to execute all startup actions supplied by the modules or the application.

Note that the Classpath also represents a central class of SIRIUS but will most commonly not be used directly. Its only job is to iterate over the whole classpath and enumerate resources (or classes) matching a given filter query. In order to control which JARs and other classpath roots are scanned during the startup process, each SIRIUS module and the application itself must place a file named component.marker in its resources folder so that it ends up in the top-level directory of the resulting JAR file. The file can be left empty.

More documentation for the core classes can be found here: Core Classes


Customizations are a central feature of SIRIUS as they permit to ship the same software to different customers as some functionalities, settings or customer specific overwrites can be disabled or enabled by setting a configuration key.

Each customization can provide its own configuration, classes and resources. These must be placed in a sub-folder or package of customizations. So if a customization would be named foo* the base package would be and the resources root customizations/foo/. Also, custom settings can be provided via customizations/foo/settings.conf.

The framework will only pick up classes, resources and settings of enabled customizations. Also, the order of these is defined, therefore one customization can further customize / overwrite others.

To set up which customizations are enabled in what order specify an array for sirius.customizations in the instance.conf.


  • Common Classes
    Provides a bunch of commonly used classes. Get familiar with the helpers provided here as they are used throughout the framework.
  • Dependency Injection Microkernel
    Provides the dependency injection framework which also supports the discovery based programming paradigm. This is a must-read for users of SIRIUS as this pattern is used in almost every framework.
  • Asynchronous Execution Framework
    Responsible for configuring and managing all thread pools and background facilities within SIRIUS.
  • System Configuration Framework
    Uses the config library supplied by typesafe. This sets up the configuration for all frameworks by evaluation the hierarchy of configuration files.
  • Cache Framework
    Provides a thin layer above the LRU caches provided by Guava. Mainly this helps monitor the cache utilization and providing a uniform configuration using the System Configuration Framework.
  • NLS Framework
    Provides various helpers to simplify internationalization and formatting of strings.
  • Timer Framework
    Responsible for discovering and executing certain tasks in regular intervals.
  • XML Framework
    Supplies helper classes to generate and process huge XML files without running into memory issues or giving up convenience.
  • System Health Framework
    Provides the foundations of the built-in console, metrics monitoring and the central logging and exception handling facility.
  • System Information Framework
    Provides some static information which has been assembled at compile time.


Tests are based on spock and written in Groovy, a base specification providing a proper setup of the system can be found in BaseSpecification.

Our golden rule for tests is:

No matter if you start the whole test suite, a single specification or just as single test (method) - the tests have to function independently of their surroundings. Therefore, a test has to either succeed in all three scenarios or it must fail each time. Everything else indicates an invalid test setup.

Each module and application should provide its own test suite as subclass of ScenarioSuite. See TestSuite as an example.

For testing, we heavily rely on Docker (especially when external systems like databases are required). SIRIUS has a build-in helper to start and stop docker-compose setups. See DockerHelper for a list of supported configuration settings or refer the test setup of sirius-db and its TestSuite as an elaborate example.