Workflow Management from a Scheduling Perspective

Stephen F. Smith, David W. Hildrum, and Marcel A. Becker

In this paper, we examine the workflow management process from a scheduling perspective. Recognizing that effective work- flow management requires an ability to efficiently allocate limited resources to tasks over time, we concentrate on characterizing this domain as a continuous distributed scheduling problem and on understanding the requirements and opportunities for providing workflow scheduling support within multi-agent environments. Our goals are twofold: (1) to relate the characteristics of the workflowmanagement problem to schedulingmodels previously developed for other domains, and (2) to identify the issues and challenges surrounding application of previously developed scheduling technology to this problem.

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