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I'm designing a computer application for a client, and I'm looking for a good term to describe a group of missions.

I have, at the moment, a single mission containing a series of well-defined steps, but I need to be able to package up multiple missions for delivery to an entity responsible for allocating each mission to other entities, for execution in parallel.

I've had a look at the dictionaries suggested here but, while they provide the plural form "missions", that's not really what I'm after.

I have come up with "mission set" but I was rather hoping for something a little more compact (i.e., a single word). Usage would be along the lines of:

The workload manager is responsible for packaging up related missions into a single mission set and sending that through to the mission controller. That controller will then distribute each mission to a mission executor for parallel execution.

The "mission set" is the bit I'm trying to get a better term for.

Any ideas?

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    Are the missions related to a common goal or are they just packaged together because they happen to be ready for scheduling at the same time?
    – Jim
    Jul 12, 2021 at 4:34
  • I believe the correct group noun here is "flock" Jul 12, 2021 at 6:38
  • @Jim, yes, there is a common goal. The business defines an overall need for something (a certain amount of things process in under a certain time). The workload manager sends that through to the mission controller, and the mission controller activates enough parallel executors to meet the need.
    – paxdiablo
    Jul 12, 2021 at 10:42
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    In the military I think this would be a "campaign". I'm not sure how well that would fly in a civilian application.
    – Barmar
    Jul 12, 2021 at 19:10
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    I also wonder about using the term "mission" for civilian tasks. But if you're going to use military jargon there, you might as well extend the metaphor.
    – Barmar
    Jul 12, 2021 at 22:37

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In the military world (and also outside the military), a set of missions with a common goal could be referred to as a campaign:

campaign noun
1 :a connected series of military operations forming a distinct phase of war.
2 : a connected series of operations designed to bring about a particular result.

Source: Merriam-Webster — campaign

Examples:

  • The group launched a campaign to protect the area from commercial development.
  • The university is organizing a campaign to attract a more diverse student population.
  • The workload manager is responsible for packaging up related missions into a single campaign and sending that through to the mission controller.

Note: I'm self-answering since three months is more than enough time for commenters to be given to convert their comments into answers as I suggested :-)

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Try batch:

batch noun
2 c : a group of jobs (such as programs) that are submitted for processing on a computer and whose results are obtained at a later time
Source: Merriam-Webster — batch


Example:

The workload manager is responsible for packaging up related missions into a single batch and sending that through to the mission controller.

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