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From "Chris A. Mattmann (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Resolved] (OODT-70) Add ability for sequential and parallel task specifications for Workflows
Date Mon, 04 Jul 2011 21:29:21 GMT

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Chris A. Mattmann resolved OODT-70.
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    Resolution: Fixed

- resolved the last part of this patch in r1142815.

I took care of the last action items, including:
  - parallel workflows end up being attached to the same event as the original workflow (so
they execute in parallel because events can map to multiple workflows). The original workflow
(a meta-workflow if you will) is removed from the event map and from the workflow list at
that point.
  - sub-workflows are taken care of through a virtual redirector task. This is the start of
the work for OODT-211, but not all of it.

I added a unit test for regression with some basic checks against the more complicated parts
of the structure parsing.

Phew. This was a PAIN :-) I found a lot of stuff though that I like that [~bfoster] did. Really
awesome stuff. In this order:

* workflows can have conditions -- love this.
* workflow task configurations (and workflow configurations) are just metadata. No need for
special objects. 
* the graph structure truly is the way to go (and I wired it into the innards of the PackagedWorkflowRepository
so we should pull it out later).



> Add ability for sequential and parallel task specifications for Workflows
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: OODT-70
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/OODT-70
>             Project: OODT
>          Issue Type: Sub-task
>          Components: workflow manager
>         Environment: indep. of env.
>            Reporter: Chris A. Mattmann
>            Assignee: Chris A. Mattmann
>             Fix For: 0.4
>
>         Attachments: OODT-70.Mattmann.062011.patch.txt, OODT-70.Mattmann.062611.patch.txt,
OODT-70.Mattmann.070411.patch.2.txt, OODT-70.Mattmann.070411.patch.txt, workflow.policy.mockup.xml
>
>
> There has been a lot of internal JPL work on flushing out new ideas with the workflow
manager. One of those new ideas is to explicitly support differentiating between different
types of {code}org.apache.oodt.cas.workflow.WorkflowTask{code} entities, classifying them
as *sequential* (their current form) versus *parallel* (those that deal explcitly with branch
and bound). Even though the current workflow system can support these activities, they are
largely code-based and require modification and intrinsic knowledge of the Workflow event
system.
> It would be nice to simplify this for the users and allow task.xml, conditions.xml and
*.workflow.xml files (or explicit WorkflowRepos) to support this nomenclature. 
> I'll attach a proposed spec of what the updated XML files would look like using this
paradigm. Then my goal is to take the existing workflow system and augment it with this functionality.

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