Indiana University Bloomington

School of Informatics and Computing

Technical Report TR699:
Strengths and Weaknesses of Sub-Workflow Interoperability

Beth Plale, Eran Chinthaka Withana, Chathura Herath, Kavitha Chandrasekar, Yuan Luo, Felix Terkhorn
(Nov 2011), 8 pages
[This work is expected to be published.]
Workflow orchestration tools have gained recognitionfor their role in scientific discovery. As the number ofworkflows proliferate, reuse and reproducibility become issuesof importance. Reuse of a workflow is enhanced when thesystem on which it runs guarantees execution. An increasinglyprevalent of reuse however, begs for interoperability betweenworkflow systems. We carried out a comparative evaluationof the practicality of workflow interoperability by focusing onsub-workflow interoperability and evaluating different systemswithin that form. The approach shows surprisingly uniformperformance, relegating the tradeoffs to qualitative differences.

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