The CloudFlow infrastructure for multi-vendor engineering workflows: Concept and validation
In this paper, we present the CloudFlow Infrastructure, which aims to provide an independent platform for engineering workflows, leveraging both cloud and high performance computing. Each workflow can combine software from different vendors, promoting interoperability through open standards, and easy access to data and compute resources. Here, we focus on the technological uniqueness of the infrastructure, and how end users within the manufacturing industries have validated it for real world applications. We also describe how high performance computing and remote desktop applications easily are integrated in cloud-enabled workflows. The infrastructure provides an easyto- use platform for software providers to offer their software in the cloud and get access to a new distribution channel. At the same time, small businesses get pay-as-you-go access to advanced multi-vendor software solutions that will improve their products.