Journal of Grid Computing

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 171–200

A Taxonomy of Workflow Management Systems for Grid Computing


DOI: 10.1007/s10723-005-9010-8

Cite this article as:
Yu, J. & Buyya, R. J Grid Computing (2005) 3: 171. doi:10.1007/s10723-005-9010-8


With the advent of Grid and application technologies, scientists and engineers are building more and more complex applications to manage and process large data sets, and execute scientific experiments on distributed resources. Such application scenarios require means for composing and executing complex workflows. Therefore, many efforts have been made towards the development of workflow management systems for Grid computing. In this paper, we propose a taxonomy that characterizes and classifies various approaches for building and executing workflows on Grids. We also survey several representative Grid workflow systems developed by various projects world-wide to demonstrate the comprehensiveness of the taxonomy. The taxonomy not only highlights the design and engineering similarities and differences of state-of-the-art in Grid workflow systems, but also identifies the areas that need further research.

Key words

Grid computing resource management scheduling taxonomy workflow management 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Grid Computing and Distributed Systems (GRIDS) Laboratory, Department of Computer Science and Software EngineeringThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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