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Workflow Enactment Based on a Chemical Metaphor


Executing workflows on large-scale heterogeneous distributed computing systems is a challenging task. Albeit there have been many well elaborated approaches, they are often motivated by a certain class of applications and focus on some implementation specific problems. The work presented in this paper aimed at establishing a highly abstract coordination model for distributed workflow enactment where decentralized control, autonomy, adaptation to high dynamics and partial lack of information are of primary concerns. The model is based on a nature metaphor and envisioned as a chemical reaction where molecules react autonomously according to local and actual conditions. The execution model of such chemical workflow enactment is formalized using the $\gamma$-calculus. In the $\gamma$-calculus control, scheduling, dependencies, errors and the state of the computation are all represented in a single uniform declarative formalism that has a mathematically founded clear semantics. The paper shows that the abstract coordination model expressed in $\gamma$-calculus is able to grasp all aspects of such a chemical enactment, provides a more complex and adaptive framework than most current approaches, and actual realizations may be founded on it.


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inria-00070385 , version 1 (19-05-2006)


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Zsolt Németh, Christian Pérez, Thierry Priol. Workflow Enactment Based on a Chemical Metaphor. [Research Report] RR-5623, INRIA. 2005, pp.20. ⟨inria-00070385⟩
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