Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 3165, 2004, pp 129-138

Workflow Support for Complex Grid Applications: Integrated and Portal Solutions

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Abstract

In this paper we present a workflow solution to support graphically the design, execution, monitoring, and performance visualisation of complex grid applications. The described workflow concept can provide interoperability among different types of legacy applications on heterogeneous computational platforms, such as Condor or Globus based grids. The major design and implementation issues concerning the integration of Condor tools, Mercury grid monitoring infrastructure, PROVE performance visualisation tool, and the new workflow layer of P-GRADE are discussed in two scenarios. The integrated version of P-GRADE represents the thick client concept, while the portal version needs only a thin client and can be accessed by a standard web browser. To illustrate the application of our approach in the grid, an ultra-short range weather prediction system is presented that can be executed in a grid testbed and visualised not only at workflow level but at the level of individual parallel jobs, too.