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Issue No. 09 - September (2009 vol. 20)
ISSN: 1045-9219
pp: 1246-1259
Paul Groth , University of Southern California, Marina del Rey
Luc Moreau , University of Southampton, Southampton
Scientific and business communities are adopting large-scale distributed systems as a means to solve a wide range of resource-intensive tasks. These communities also have requirements in terms of provenance. We define the provenance of a result produced by a distributed system as the process that led to that result. This paper describes a protocol for recording documentation of a distributed system's execution. The distributed protocol guarantees that documentation with characteristics suitable for accurately determining the provenance of results is recorded. These characteristics are confirmed through a number of proofs based on an abstract state machine formalization.
Provenance, lineage, grids, distributed systems, data protocols.

L. Moreau and P. Groth, "Recording Process Documentation for Provenance," in IEEE Transactions on Parallel & Distributed Systems, vol. 20, no. , pp. 1246-1259, 2008.
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