A community roadmap for scientific workflows research and development

Rafael Ferreira da Silva, Henri Casanova, Kyle Chard, Ilkay Altintas, Rosa M. Badia, Bartosz Balis, Tainã Coleman, Frederik Coppens, Frank Di Natale, Bjoern Enders, Thomas Fahringer, Rosa Filgueira, Grigori Fursin, Daniel Garijo, Carole A. Goble, Dorran Howell, Shantenu Jha, Daniel S. Katz, Daniel Laney, Ulf LeserMaciej Malawski, Kshitij Mehta, Loïc Pottier, Jonathan Ozik, J. Luc Peterson, Lavanya Ramakrishnan, Stian Soiland-Reyes, Douglas Thain, Matthew Wolf

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The landscape of workflow systems for scientific applications is notoriously convoluted with hundreds of seemingly equivalent workflow systems, many isolated research claims, and a steep learning curve. To address some of these challenges and lay the groundwork for transforming workflows research and development, the WorkflowsRI and ExaWorks projects partnered to bring the international workflows community together. This paper reports on discussions and findings from two virtual “Workflows Community Summits” (January and April, 2021). The overarching goals of these workshops were to develop a view of the state of the art, identify crucial research challenges in the workflows community, articulate a vision for potential community efforts, and discuss technical approaches for realizing this vision. To this end, participants identified six broad themes: FAIR computational workflows; AI workflows; exascale challenges; APIs, interoperability, reuse, and standards; training and education; and building a workflows community. We summarize discussions and recommendations for each of these themes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science (WORKS)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781665411363
ISBN (Print)9781665411370
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2021
EventThe International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis - America's Center, St. Louis, United States
Duration: 14 Oct 202119 Oct 2021


ConferenceThe International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis
Abbreviated titleSC21
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySt. Louis
Internet address


  • Interoperability
  • Scientific workflows
  • Community roadmap
  • Data management
  • AI workflows
  • Exascale computing


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