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Task scheduling characterisation in enterprise application integration


Cloud computing allows enterprises to incorporate applications and computational resources as services, and thus, enterprises can concentrate on their business processes, without concerning the development, configuration and maintenance of these applications and resources. Integration platforms are one of these services that allow enterprises to integrate applications in order to reduce the maintenance costs and operations of the integration of on-premises platforms. However, high performance on resources offered by the cloud, demands improvement in task scheduling of integration platforms. Our literature review has identified a lack of studies in the field of enterprise application integration, focusing on specificities and vulnerabilities of the task scheduling of integration processes. This is a pioneer work regarding the characterisation of the scheduling of tasks of integration processes. We propose a ranking according to their conceptual models and apply this ranking to five integration processes. Then, we have statistically analysed the influence of each component of their conceptual models on the performance of the execution of these integration processes. We characterise the task scheduling of integration processes and presented a mathematical equation for the makespan as a function of the components of this characterisation. This study can guide software engineers in the optimal task scheduling for integration processes, which can improve the performance runtime systems regarding using the computational resources and result in minimisation of costs of companies.

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This work was supported by the Brazilian Co-ordination Board for the Improvement of University Personnel (CAPES), by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) under Grant 309315/2020-4 and the Research Support Foundation of Rio Grande do Sul (FAPERGS) under Grant 17/2551-0001206-2. We would like to thank Dra. Maria do Rosário Laureano and Dr. Sancho M. Oliveira from the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) ISTAR-IUL, Lisboa, Portugal, for their helpful comments in earlier versions of this article.

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Freire, D.L., Frantz, R.Z., Roos-Frantz, F. et al. Task scheduling characterisation in enterprise application integration. J Supercomput (2021).

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  • Dynamic task scheduling
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