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Afstudeeropdracht - API gateway

Internship in Hengelo, the Netherlands

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Dutch (Fluent)

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Soort opdracht: Afstudeeropdracht

Niveau: HBO

Studierichting(en): Informatica/Computer Science

Titel van de opdracht: API Gateway

About us

With 80.000 talents working in 68 countries, we are one of the biggest high-tech employers in the field of safety and security. In the Netherlands, where 2000 employees are based, we are located in four cities: Huizen, Delft, Eindhoven and Hengelo (HQ). Together with an extensive ecosystem of knowledge partners, customers and suppliers, we work on radars for naval vessels, cyber security solutions, transportation systems, communication equipment for land forces, cryogenic cooling solutions, research & development for radar tech (in collaboration with TU Delft).

The software department of the Application Engineering cluster is responsible for the software development in Combat Management and Radar- and Optical sensors for worldwide navies- and defense systems. The work is performed in multi-disciplinary agile teams with specialists in software/system/test engineering and functional design.

At the moment, Thales is adopting a service oriented architecture for their Radar systems. Thales was  involved in a research project called INAETICS ( in which an architecture for modular, dynamic infallible systems was developed together with a reference architecture

About the assignment

With a service oriented architecture the communication between services and the fallacies of a distributed system become more problematic.

An API gateway insulates clients from the internal micro-services partitioning of applications.

An API gateway insulates clients from the problem of finding the location of a service

An API gateway implements the logic to combine service requests to achieve higher level functionality.

In this assignment the above statements have to be questioned. What are the advantages and disadvantages of API gateways in an INAETICS architecture.

Compare the different API gateways, e.g. Kong and Tyk.

Realize a demonstrator showing the usage of an API gateway.



Technologies involved: Networking, Linux systems, GRPC, REST, Open Source

Thales offers…

An interesting internship or graduation assignment in an international high tech environment

An open and flexible working environment

An excellent internship allowance

Its own student association where you can participate in educational and fun activities.

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Thales Nederland is part of the Thales Group, with 65,000 employees in over 50 countries, including 22,000 working in R&D. This makes Thales one of Europe's largest electronics companies and it has an extremely strong position worldwide. Thales Nederland is active in the sectors of Defence, Security and Transportation Systems. We have almost 2,000 employees, making us the leading supplier...

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