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Steps Toward Managing Lineage Metadata in Grid Clusters

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Executive Summary

The lineage of a piece of data is of utility to a wide range of domains. Several application-specific extensions have been built to facilitate tracking the origin of the output that the software produces. In the quest to provide such support to extant programs, efforts have been recently made to develop operating system functionality for auditing file-system activity to infer lineage relationships. The authors report on their exploration of mechanisms to manage the lineage metadata in Grid clusters.

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