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In recent years, there has been an explosive growth in the amount of
information available to our society. In particular, the amount of information
available on-line through vast networks like the global Internet has been
growing at a staggering rate. This growth rate has by far exceeded the rate of
growth in network speeds, as has the number of individuals and organizations
seeking access to this information. There is thus a motivation to find
abstract methods of manipulating this on-line data in ways that both serve the
needs of end users efficiently and use network resources intelligently. In
lieu of a traditional client-server model of information processing, which is
both inflexible and potentially very inefficient, a Transportable Intelligent
Agent system has the potential to achieve a more efficient and flexible network
system. An intelligent agent is a program that models the information space
for a user, and allows the user to specify how the information is to be
processed. A transportable agent can suspend its execution, transport itself
to a new location on a network, and resume execution at the new location. This
is a particularly attractive model for both wireless and dialup networks where
a user might not be able to maintain a permanent network connection, as well as
for situations where the amount of information to be processed is large
relative to the network bandwidth. Preliminary work in the field has shown
that such agent systems are possible and deserve further study. This thesis
describes a prototype transportable intelligent agent system that extends work
already done in the field. Agents are written in a modified version of the Tcl
programming language and transported using TCP/IP connections. Several simple
examples demonstrate the properties of the system.
A Senior Honors Thesis in Computer Science.
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Kenneth Harker, "TIAS: A Transportable Intelligent Agent System." Dartmouth Computer Science Technical Report PCS-TR95-258, June 1995.
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