A Formal Framework for Multi-Party Business Protocols (Replaced by CentER DP 2009-05)

M. Mancioppi

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    Service Oriented Architecture deployments comprise large numbers of long-running, highly dynamic complex end-to-end service interactions reflecting asynchronous message flows that typically transcend several organizations and span several geographical locations. Business protocols are formalisms to model the structure of the message-based interactions among services and can be flexible ranging from conventional inter-organizational point-to-point service interactions to fully blown dynamic multi-party interactions of global reach. In this work we introduce a formal framework based on Deterministic Finite Automata enriched with temporal constraints, to describe multi-party business protocols. We extend this framework with the notion of multi-party business protocol soundness and show how it is possible to execute a multi-party protocol consistently in a completely distributed manner while guaranteeing eventual termination.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationTilburg
    PublisherInformation Management
    Number of pages37
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Publication series

    NameCentER Discussion Paper


    • service oriented architecture
    • message exchange patterns business protocols
    • orchestrations
    • choreographies
    • soundness


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