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A mobile agent is an executing program that can migrate, at times of its
own choosing, from machine to machine in a heterogeneous network. On
each machine, the agent interacts with stationary service agents and
other resources to accomplish its task. In this chapter, we first make
the case for mobile agents, discussing six strengths of mobile agents
and the applications that benefit from these strengths. Although none of
these strengths are unique to mobile agents, no
competing technique shares all six. In other words, a mobile-agent
system provides a single general framework in which a wide range of
distributed applications can be implemented efficiently and easily.
We then present a representative cross-section of current mobile-agent
This technical report will appear as a chapter in Jeffrey M. Bradshaw,
editor, Handbook of Agent Technology, AAAI/MIT Press, 2000. In Press.
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Robert S. Gray, David Kotz, George Cybenko, and Daniela Rus, "Mobile Agents: Motivations and State-of-the-Art Systems." Dartmouth Computer Science Technical Report TR2000-365, April 2000.
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