Conference Paper

A Lightweight Middleware Monitor for Distributed Scientific Workflows.

PESC/COPPE, Fed. Univ. of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
DOI: 10.1109/CCGRID.2008.89 Conference: 8th IEEE International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid (CCGrid 2008), 19-22 May 2008, Lyon, France
Source: DBLP

ABSTRACT Monitoring the execution of distributed tasks within the workflow execution is not easy and is frequently controlled manually. This work presents a lightweight middleware monitor to design and control the parallel execution of tasks from a distributed scientific workflow. This middleware can be connected into a workflow management system. This middleware implementation is evaluated with the Kepler workflow management system, by including new modules to control and monitor the distributed execution of the tasks. These middleware modules were added to a bio informatics workflow to monitor parallel BLAST executions. Results show potential to high performance process execution while preserving the original features of the workflow.

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