Using UNICORE and WS-BPEL for Scientific Workflow Execution in Grid Environments

Scherp, Guido, Höing, André, Gudenkauf, Stefan, Hasselbring, Wilhelm and Kao, Odej (2010) Using UNICORE and WS-BPEL for Scientific Workflow Execution in Grid Environments [Paper] In: Euro-Par 2009 – Parallel Processing Workshops, August 25th, 2009, Delft, NL.


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Within the BIS-Grid project, a BMBF-funded project in the context of the German D-Grid initiative, we developed the BIS-Grid workflow engine that is based upon service extensions to UNICORE 6 to use an arbitrary WS-BPEL workflow engine and standard WS-BPEL to orchestrate stateful, WSRF-based Grid services. Although aimed at proving the feasibility of applying Grid technologies for business information systems integration, we illustrate that this engine is also well-suited for scientific workflow execution, making standard WS-BPEL-based tooling accessible for scientific workflows. In this paper, we describe using the BIS-Grid engine for the execution of scientific workflows. This includes a differentiation of scientific and business workflows in general and an analysis of the suitability of the BIS-Grid infrastructure to execute scientific workflows. We propose reusable WS-BPEL patterns for typical scientific workflow activities whereas job submission is focused. Finally, we prospect our future work.

Document Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Scientific Workflow Execution in Grid Environments
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Software Engineering
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2012 06:05
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2013 20:09

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