Performance and Scalability Issues in Mobile Agent Based Workflow Systems

Jeong-Joon YOO  Young-Ho SUH  Dong-Ik LEE  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E84-B   No.10   pp.2729-2739
Publication Date: 2001/10/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (IEICE/IEEE Joint Special Issue on Autonomous Decentralized Systems and Systems' Assurance)
Category: Mobile Agent
workflow systems,  mobile agent,  performance,  scalability,  

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There is an ever-increasing demand for better performance and scalability in workflow systems. We describe how mobile agents can be used to satisfy such a requirement. For the purpose two important design issues are pointed out in workflow execution and architecture levels. Agent delegation models and a 3-layer architecture are suggested in mobile agent based workflow systems as a solution for each consideration. Workload is statically distributed over task performers based on the proposed method. As a result the performance and the scalability are improved. The effectiveness is shown through stochastic Petri-nets simulation through comparison with client-server based- and another mobile agent-based workflow systems.