Journal of Grid Computing

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 641–654 | Cite as

Infrastructure Aware Scientific Workflows and Infrastructure Aware Workflow Managers in Science Gateways

  • Peter Kacsuk
  • Gabor Kecskemeti
  • Attila KerteszEmail author
  • Zsolt Nemeth
  • József Kovács
  • Zoltán Farkas


The workflow interoperability problem was successfully solved by the SHIWA project if the workflows to be integrated were running in the same grid infrastructure. However, in the more generic case when the workflows were running in different infrastructures the problem has not been solved yet. In the current paper we show a solution for this problem by introducing a new type of workflow called infrastructure-aware workflow. These are scientific workflows extended with new node types that enable the on-the-fly creation and destruction of the required infrastructures in the clouds. The paper shows the semantics of these new types of nodes and workflows and also how they can solve the workflow interoperability problem. The paper also describes how these new type of workflows can be implemented by a new service called Occopus, and how this service can be integrated with the existing SHIWA Simulation Platform services like the WS-PGRADE/gUSE portal to provide the required functionalities of solving the workflow interoperability problem.


Workflow Cloud Virtual infrastructure Dynamic deployment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Kacsuk
    • 1
  • Gabor Kecskemeti
    • 1
  • Attila Kertesz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zsolt Nemeth
    • 1
  • József Kovács
    • 1
  • Zoltán Farkas
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed SystemsMTA SZTAKI the Institute for Computer Science and Control of the Hungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary

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