Migration Transparency in Agent Systems

Bruno SCHULZE  Edmundo R. M. MADEIRA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E83-B   No.5   pp.942-950
Publication Date: 2000/05/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (IEICE/IEEE Joint Special Issue on Autonomous Decentralized Systems)
Category: Mobile Agents
distribution transparencies,  mobility,  availability,  agent systems,  

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Migration transparency is considered in the context of multi-agent systems. A mobile agent architecture is proposed with an Availability service and a Transparency interface. We define mobility as explicit (or proactive) when the agent decides when and where to move and define mobility as implicit (i. e. , transparent or reactive) when it is a consequence of changes in the environment. Implicit mobility of agents is explored in addition to the usual explicit mobility. The search for a target agent (or agency) follows a transparent location and selection. The client agent preferably moves towards the target agent. If not possible, the target agent will move towards the client agent when calling back. If both agents can not move then the execution takes place remotely or is abandoned. Transparency is goal oriented.