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Correctness ensuring process configuration : an approach based on partner synthesis

By Wil M.P. van der Aalst, Niels Lohmann, Marcello La Rosa and Jingxin Xu

Abstract

A configurable process model describes a family of similar process models in a given domain. Such a model can be configured to obtain a specific process model\ud that is subsequently used to handle individual cases, for instance, to process customer orders. Process configuration is notoriously difficult as there may be all kinds of interdependencies between configuration decisions.} In fact, an incorrect configuration may lead to behavioral issues such as deadlocks and livelocks. To address this problem, we present a novel verification approach inspired by the ``operating guidelines'' used for partner synthesis. We view the configuration process as an external service,\ud and compute a characterization of all such services which meet particular requirements using the notion of configuration guideline. As a result, we can characterize all feasible configurations (i.\,e., configurations without behavioral problems) at design time, instead of repeatedly checking each individual configuration while configuring a process model

Topics: 080203 Computational Logic and Formal Languages, 080608 Information Systems Development Methodologies, configurable process model, operating guideline, petri nets
Publisher: Springer
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1007/978-3-642-15618-2_9
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:31832

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