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iPortal: the swiss grid proteomics portal: Requirements and new features based on experience and usability considerations

Type Information
Nr 43 (Research article)
Authors Kunszt, Peter; Blum, Lorenz; Hullar, Bela; Schmid, Emanuel; Srebniak, Adam; Wolski, Witold; Rinn, Bernd; Elmer, Franz-Josef; Ramakrishnan, Chandrasekhar; Quandt, Andreas; Malmström, Lars
Title iPortal: the swiss grid proteomics portal: Requirements and new features based on experience and usability considerations
Journal Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience (2014) 27(2) 433-445
DOI 10.1002/cpe.3294
Citations 32 citations (journal impact: 0.78)
Abstract Development of workflow and data management systems are challenging because of the need to provide a service for users with varying degrees of expertise from novices to experts with more knowledge than the developers. We have received feedback from users and developers on the functionality and usability of the Swiss Grid Proteomics Portal now called iPortal during its first year of operation. Monitoring and interaction with the production system under heavy use have provided further information on how to improve efficiency and stability. In a second highly upgraded version of iPortal we have introduced several new concepts based on this feedback. In this paper we detail the requirements and the improvements we have made and also give an outlook on future directions.
Synopsis We describe key considerations in deploying a large workflow manager. We describe steps to improve useability and stability.