A new language to support flexible failure recovery for workflow management systems

Gwan-Hwan Hwang, Yung Chuan Lee, Bor Yih Wu

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In this paper, we propose a new failure-recovery model for workflow management systems (WfMSs). This model is supported with a new language, called the workflow failure-handling (WfFH) language, which allows the workflow designer to write programs so that s/he can use data-flow analysis technology to guide the failure recovery in workflow execution. With the WfFH language, the computation of the end compensation point and the compensation set for failure recovery can proceed during the workflow process run-time according to the execution results and status of workflow activities. Also, the failure-recovery definitions programmed with the WfFH language can be independent, thereby dramatically reducing the maintenance overhead of workflow processes. A prototype is built in a Java-based object-oriented workflow management system, called JOO-WfMS. We also report our experiences in constructing this prototype.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-150
Number of pages16
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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