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e-Science 2008 4th IEEE International Conference on e-Science

Workshops & Special Sessions

SWBES08: Challenging Issues in Workflow Applications


  • Adam Belloum, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Carole Goble, University of Manchester, UK
  • Zhiming Zhao, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Nowadays, scientific experiments often involve cooperation between large scale computing and data resources. Workflow management systems are emerging as a key element to help scientists to prototype and execute experiments processes and to accelerate the scientific discoveries from the experiment. Concerted research is carried out in several projects along the complete e-Science technology chain, ranging from applications to networking, focusing on new methodologies and re-usable components. A number of research groups worldwide are developing more and more advanced workflow features to support scientists to develop complex computing and data intensive application workflows using geographically distributed data and computing resources. Despite many successes, the gap between the workflow application developers and workflow system developers is still very big and it is still difficult for lots of potential application developers to fully utilize the features offered by the workflow systems. The workshop of WSBES08 focuses on practical aspects of utilising workflow techniques to fill the gap between the e-Science applications on one hand and the middleware (Grid) and the low level infrastructure on the other hand. The workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers and developers in the field of e-Science to exchange the latest experience and research ideas on scientific workflow management and e-Science. Live demos of workflow systems and workflow application highly recommended.

Date and Time

Wednesday, December 10, 10 a.m.–Noon, Reconvening 1–5 p.m.


Session I
10–10:30 a.m.
A Tale of Two Workflows
Roger Barga
10:30–11 a.m.
Resource Provisioning Options for Large-Scale Scientific Workflows
Gideon Juve; Ewa Deelman
11–11:30 a.m.
Build Grid Enabled Scientific Workflows using gRAVI and Taverna
Kyle Chard; Cem Onyuksel; Wei Tan; Dinanath Sulakhe; Ravi Madduri
Kairos: An Architecture for Securing Authorship & Temporal Info. Of Provenance Data in Grid-Enabled Workflow Mgmt. Systems
Luiz Gadelha, Marta Mattoso
Session 2
1–1:30 p.m.
Where Experimental Work Flows
David de Roure
1:30–2 p.m.
Lattice QCD Workflows: A Case Study
Luciano Piccoli
2:30–3 p.m. web services: Enabling microbiologic workflows such as phylogenetic tree building & biomarker comparison
Bert Versylppe; Bram Slabbinck; Wim De Sme; Paul De Vos; Bernard De Baets; Peter Dawyndt
3–3:30 p.m.
MRGIS: A MapReduce-Enabled High Performance Workflow System for GIS
Liqiang Wang; Qichang Chen; Zongbo Shang
Session 3
3:30–4 p.m.
A High-Level Distributed Execution Framework for Scientific Workflows
Jianwu Wang; Ilkay Altintas; Chad Berkley; Lucas Gilbert; Matthew Jones
4–4:30 p.m.
Capturing Workflow Event Data for Monitoring, Performance Analysis & Management of Scientific Workflows
Matthew Valerio; Satya Sahoo; Roger Barga; Jared Jackson
4:30–5 p.m.
On the Use of Cloud Computing for Scientific Workflows
Christina Hoffa; Gaurang Mehta; Ewa Deelman; Timothy Freeman; Kate Keahey; Bruce Berriman; John Good
5 p.m.

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