[jboss-user] [JBoss jBPM] - can i fork and then join up an end-user specified number of

simbo1905 do-not-reply at jboss.com
Fri Apr 10 10:08:19 EDT 2009

I am evaluating jbpm for embedding within an insurance trading system. We have a very typical scenario where the insurance broker markets the client risk to a number of insurance companies. What markets are selected for which risks is mostly discressionary for the broker based on the particular client need. This leads me to my problem. If I were do to some swimlanes on the graphical modelling tools I don't know how many swim lanes I need until runtime as I don't now whether I need to fork to 1, 2 or 12 different subprocesses for the number of markets selected by the broker. 

I would like to fork into a set of parrellel subprocess then join them back again once each selected insurance company has given a quote. I cannot see how I would graphically model things so that a parent process "forks to a user specified number of subprocesses then joins them all back up". 

I am sure that I am missing something at a conceptual level as to how to do what I want. Can someone give me some pointers as to how to start a variable number of subprocesses and join them without having to hand code the folks and joins? Would the normal approach just be to write an action that programmatically launches the variable number of seperate processes? That would mean that I would have to "programmatically join them myself" by having a job wait monitor the spawned processes to see if they have completed and then signal the original process instance that the broker now has to pick the best quote? 


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