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Write Once, Move Anywhere: Toward Dynamic Interoperability of Mobile Agent Systems
Arne Grimstrup, Robert S. Gray, David Kotz, Thomas Cowin, Greg Hill, Niranjan Suri, Daria Chacon, Martin Hofmann
Dartmouth TR2001-411

Abstract: Mobile agents are an increasingly popular paradigm, and in recent years there has been a proliferation of mobile-agent systems. These systems are, however, largely incompatible with each other. In particular, agents cannot migrate to a host that runs a different mobile-agent system. Prior approaches to interoperability have tried to force agents to use a common API, and so far none have succeeded. Our goal, summarized in the catch phrase ``Write Once, Move Anywhere,'' led to our efforts to develop mechanisms that support dynamic runtime interoperability of mobile-agent systems. This paper describes the Grid Mobile-Agent System, which allows agents to migrate to different mobile-agent systems.

Note: Revised July 25, 2001.


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   Arne Grimstrup, Robert S. Gray, David Kotz, Thomas Cowin, Greg Hill, Niranjan Suri, Daria Chacon, and Martin Hofmann, "Write Once, Move Anywhere: Toward Dynamic Interoperability of Mobile Agent Systems." Dartmouth Computer Science Technical Report TR2001-411, July 2001.


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