Data-Aware Interaction in Distributed and Collaborative Workflows: Modeling, Semantics, Correctness

Knuplesch, David and Pryss, Rüdiger and Reichert, Manfred (2012) Data-Aware Interaction in Distributed and Collaborative Workflows: Modeling, Semantics, Correctness. In: 8th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing (CollaborateCom'12), October 14–17, 2012, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.

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IT support for distributed and collaborative workflows and related interactions between business partners is becoming increasingly important. For modeling such partner interactions as flow of message exchanges, different top-down approaches, covered under the term interaction modeling, are provided. Like for workflow models, correctness constitutes a fundamental challenge for interaction models as well; e.g., to ensure the boundedness and absence of deadlocks and lifelocks. Due to their distributed execution, in addition, interaction models should be message-deterministic and realizable, i.e., the same conversation (i.e. sequence of messages) should always lead to the same result, and it should be ensured that partners always have enough information about the messages they must or may send in a given context. So far, most existing approaches have addressed correctness of interaction models without explicitly considering the data exchanged through messages and used for routing decisions. However, data support is crucial for collaborative workflows and interaction models respectively. This paper therefore enriches interaction models with the data perspective. In particular, it defines the behavior of data-aware interaction models based on Data-Aware Interaction Nets, which use elements of both Interaction Petri Nets and Workflow Nets with Data. Finally, formal correctness criteria for Data-Aware Interaction Nets are derived, guaranteeing the boundedness and absence of deadlocks and lifelocks, and ensuring message-determinism as well as realizability.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: DBIS Research > Publications
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Manfred Reichert
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2012 17:32
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2013 22:17

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