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Cloud infrastructure provenance collection and management to reproduce scientific workflows execution

Hasham, Khawar; Munir, Kamran; McClatchey, Richard


Khawar Hasham


© 2017 Elsevier B.V. The emergence of Cloud computing provides a new computing paradigm for scientific workflow execution. It provides dynamic, on-demand and scalable resources that enable the processing of complex workflow-based experiments. With the ever growing size of the experimental data and increasingly complex processing workflows, the need for reproducibility has also become essential. Provenance has been thought of a mechanism to verify a workflow and to provide workflow reproducibility. One of the obstacles in reproducing an experiment execution is the lack of information about the execution infrastructure in the collected provenance. This information becomes critical in the context of Cloud in which resources are provisioned on-demand and by specifying resource configurations. Therefore, a mechanism is required that enables capturing of infrastructure information along with the provenance of workflows executing on the Cloud to facilitate the re-creation of execution environment on the Cloud. This paper presents a framework to Reproduce Scientific Workflow Execution using Cloud-Aware Provenance (ReCAP), along with the proposed mapping approaches that aid in capturing the Cloud-aware provenance information and help in re-provisioning the execution resource on the Cloud with similar configurations. Experimental evaluation has shown the impact of different resource configurations on the workflow execution performance, therefore justifies the need for collecting such provenance information in the context of Cloud. The evaluation has also demonstrated that the proposed mapping approaches can capture Cloud information in various Cloud usage scenarios without causing performance overhead and can also enable the re-provisioning of resources on Cloud. Experiments were conducted using workflows from different scientific domains such as astronomy and neuroscience to demonstrate the applicability of this research for different workflows.


Munir, K., Hasham, K., & McClatchey, R. (2018). Cloud infrastructure provenance collection and management to reproduce scientific workflows execution. Future Generation Computer Systems, 86, 799-820.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 5, 2017
Online Publication Date Jul 17, 2017
Publication Date Sep 1, 2018
Journal Future Generation Computer Systems
Print ISSN 0167-739X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 86
Pages 799-820
Keywords scientific workflows, cloud computing, cloud infrastructure, provenance, reproducibility
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published version is available here:


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