A secure transaction environment for workflows in distributed systems

Vlad I. Wietrzyk, Makoto Takizawa, Mehmet A. Orgun, Vijay Varadharajan

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This paper describes the design of a model as well as an architecture to provide support for distributed advanced workflow transactions. We discuss the application of transaction concepts to activities that involve integrated execution of multiple tasks over different processes. This kind of applications are described as transactional workflows. The classical commit protocol, used in many commercial systems, is not suitable for use in multilevel secure distributed workflow database systems that use a locking protocol for concurrency control. The reason is that, it is not possible for a locking protocol to guarantee that read locks be not released by a subtransaction during its window of uncertainty - period after a participant has voted yes to commit, but before it receives the commit or abort decision from the coordinator, possibly resulting in nonserializable executions. A distinguishing feature of the proposed work-flow transaction support system is the ability to manage the arbitrary distribution of business processes over multiple workflow management systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-205
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the Internatoinal Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems - ICPADS
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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