Faculty Research 1990 - 1999

Title

The LabFlow system for workflow management in large scale biology research laboratories.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1998

Keywords

Clinical-Laboratory-Information-Systems, Computer-Simulation, Database-Management-Systems, Expressed-Sequence-Tags, Research, Sequence-Analysis-DNA, Software, SUPPORT-U-S-GOVT-P-H-S, Work

JAX Source

Ismb 1998;6:69-77

Grant

R01HG01367-01/HG/NCHGR

Abstract

LabFlow is a workflow management system designed for large scale biology research laboratories. It provides a workflow model in which objects flow from task to task under programmatic control. The model supports parallelism, meaning that an object can flow down several paths simultaneously, and sub-workflows which can be invoked subroutine-style from a task. The system allocates tasks to Unix processes to achieve requisite levels of multiprocessing. The system uses the LabBase data management system to store workflow-state and laboratory results. LabFlow provides a Per15 object-oriented framework for defining workflows, and an engine for executing these. The software is freely available.

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