Flexible Workflows to Support Transactional Service Composition in Mobile Environments
Katharina Hahn, Heinz Schweppe – 2009
Service oriented computing provides suitable means to technically support distributed collaboration of heterogeneous devices, for example those present in mobile environments. E.g., many applications are built on composite Web-Services. However, when executing these applications in dynamic environments, failures of participating entities have to be optimistically coped with, in order to avoid inconsistent system states and thereby provide suitable correctness guarantees. Transactional coordination for services so far lacks the possibility to adapt failure handling to the current execution context, e.g. dynamically bound services at runtime. In this paper, we employ transactional service properties to ensure reliable, i.e., correct execution of workflows by still respecting the autonomy of participants. We propose algorithms to verifiy and alter the structure of the composition at runtime, thus adapting the control flow to the current execution context to ensure correct execution.