Intra-subnet Load Balancing in Distributed Workflow Management Systems

Bauer, Thomas and Reichert, Manfred and Dadam, Peter (2003) Intra-subnet Load Balancing in Distributed Workflow Management Systems. Int'l Journal of Cooperative Information Systems, 12 (3). pp. 205-323.

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For enterprise-wide and cross-orgenizational process-oriented applications, the execution of workflows (WF) may generate a very high load. This load may affect WF servers as well as the underlying communication network. To improve system scalability, several approaches for distributed WF management have been proposed in the literature. They have in common that different partitions of a WF instance graph may be controlled by different WF servers from different subnets. The control over a particular WF instance, therefore, may be transferred from one WF server to another during run-time if this helps to reduce the overall communication load. Thus far, such distributed approaches assume that exactly one WF server resides in each subnet. A single server per subnet, however, may become overloaded. In this paper, we present and veify a novel approach for replicating WF servers in a distributed workflow management system. It enables an arbitraty and changeable distribution of the load to the WF servers of the same subnet, without requiring additional communication.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: DBIS Research > Publications
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science > Institute of Databases and Informations Systems > DBIS Research and Teaching > DBIS Research > Publications
Depositing User: Eva Mader
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2008 12:37
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2011 10:24

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