on Monday announced that it’s delivering a common framework for workflow creation and processing for Mac OS X technical computing environments, such as research and development labs. It will provide the ability to openly share data and research advances in a heterogeneous technology environment.
Built upon the TurboWorx development environment, the R&D Workflow Collaboration product set lets academic research organizations create components of proprietary, internally developed, and open source programs. Once a vendor develops TurboWorx “wrappers” for its applications, libraries of these components can be assembled and made accessible throughout a university, to companies, even around the world, the company says.
There are three versions of the new workflow collaboration technology for Mac OS X. TurboWorx Builder is a component and developer environment in which components can be created, saved, tested and imported/exported to other Builder environments. TurboWorx Group is a single-user environment designed to let users run more demanding workflows. TurboWorx Group runs on a single operating system where components and data are shared using the operating system’s file system; it limits the number of workers to five.
TurboWorx Enterprise, a multi-collaborator user environment, allows for the distributing of jobs across a computing environment. Designed to let users run complex and difficult workflows, components and data are shared using a Web Services framework; the data is shared and accessed through the data repository.
Pricing starts at US$499; contact TurboWorx for details. In addition to Mac OS X, TurboWorx’ framework supports IBM AIX, Linux, Windows, Unix and Solaris.