Scientific Workflows: Past, Present and Future

Malcolm Atkinson, Sandra Gesing, Johan Montagnat, Ian Taylor

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This special issue and our editorial celebrate 10 years of progress with data-intensive or scientific work flows. There have been very substantial advances in the representation of work flows and in the engineering of work flow management systems (WMS). The creation and refinement stages are now well supported, with a significant improvement in usability. Improved abstraction supports cross-fertilisation between different work flow communities
and consistent interpretation as WMS evolve. Through such re-engineering the WMS deliver much improved performance, significantly increased scale and sophisticated reliability mechanisms. Further improvement is anticipated from substantial advances in optimisation. We invited papers from those who have delivered these advances and selected 14 to represent today's achievements and representative plans for future progress. This editorial introduces those contributions with an overview and categorisation of the papers. Furthermore, it
elucidates responses from a survey of major work flow systems, which provides evidence of substantial progress and a structured index of related papers. We conclude with suggestions on areas where further research and development is needed and oer a vision of future research directions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-227
Number of pages28
JournalFuture Generation Computer Systems
Early online date20 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017


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