Table 1

Comparison of common graphical workflow environments

Workflow Environment

Requires Tool Recompiling

Data Storage

Platform Independent

Client-Server Model

Grid Enabled

Application Area

URL


LONI Pipeline [15]

N

External

Y

Y

Y

(DRMAA)

Area agnostic

http://Pipeline.loni.ucla.edu webcite


Taverna [35]

Y

(via API)

Internal (MIR)

Y

N

Y

(myGRID)

Bioinformatics

http://www.taverna.org.uk webcite


Kepler [14]

Y

(via API)

Internal (actors)

Y

N

Y

(Ecogrid)

Area agnostic

http://kepler-project.org webcite


Triana [36]

Y

Internal data structure

Y

N

Y

(gridLab)

Hetero-geneous Apps

http://www.trianacode.org webcite


Galaxy [37]

N

External

N

(Linux, Mac)

Y

N

(Cloud EC2)

Bioinformatics

http://usegalaxy.org webcite


Pipeline Pilot

Y

Internal

Y

N

N

Biochemistry

http://accelrys.com/products/pipeline-pilot/ webcite


AVS [38]

Y

Internal

Y

(platform build)

N

N

Advanced Visualization

http://www.avs.com webcite


VisTrails [39]

Y

Internal

N

N

N

Scientific Visualization

http://www.vistrails.org webcite


Bioclipse [40]

N

(plug-ins)

Internal

Y

N

N

Biochemistry Bioinformatics

http://www.bioclipse.net webcite


Y = yes, N = no; Taverna MIR plug-in, MIR = myGrid Information Repository; DRMAA = Distributed Resource Management Application API.

Dinov et al. BMC Bioinformatics 2011 12:304   doi:10.1186/1471-2105-12-304

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