Tracking and Sketching Distributed Data Provenance
Current provenance collection systems typically gather metadata on remote hosts and submit it to a central server. In contrast, several data-intensive scientific applications require a decentralized architecture in which each host maintains an authoritative local repository of the provenance metadata gathered on that host. The latter approach allows the system to handle the large amounts of metadata generated when auditing occurs at fine granularity, and allows users to retain control over their provenance records. The decentralized architecture, however, increases the complexity of auditing, tracking, and querying distributed provenance.