A Taxonomy of Workflow Scheduling Algorithms

  • Fernando Aguilar-Reyes
  • J. Octavio Gutierrez-GarciaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 697)


A workflow is a set of steps or tasks that model the execution of a process, e.g., protein annotation, invoice generation and composition of astronomical images. Workflow applications commonly require large computational resources. Hence, distributed computing approaches (such as Grid and Cloud computing) emerge as a feasible solution to execute them. Two important factors for executing workflows in distributed computing platforms are (1) workflow scheduling and (2) resource allocation. As a consequence, there is a myriad of workflow scheduling algorithms that map workflow tasks to distributed resources subject to task dependencies, time and budget constraints. In this paper, we present a taxonomy of workflow scheduling algorithms, which categorizes the algorithms into (1) best-effort algorithms (including heuristics, metaheuristics, and approximation algorithms) and (2) quality-of-service algorithms (including budget-constrained, deadline-constrained and algorithms simultaneously constrained by deadline and budget). In addition, a workflow engine simulator was developed to quantitatively compare the performance of scheduling algorithms.


Workflow scheduling Distributed computing Scheduling algorithms 



This work has been supported by Asociación Mexicana de Cultura A.C.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernando Aguilar-Reyes
    • 1
  • J. Octavio Gutierrez-Garcia
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceITAMMexico CityMexico

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