Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu


  • Nathaniel PalmerEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_830


Queuing mechanism; Workflow scheduler


The mechanism that identifies and initiates the sequence for activities and work items are executed.

Key Points

A Scheduler initiates work assignments based on precedence relationships and the state of a workflow instance. A Scheduler is not a “queue” which is typically a set of work items or activities waiting to be scheduled, however, a queue of items may be managed by the Scheduler. The role of the Scheduler is to minimize queue time and optimize executive efficiency.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Workflow Management CoalitionHinghamUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Barbara Pernici
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. di Elettronica e InformazionePolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly