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One of the paradigms that has been suggested for allowing efficient access
to remote resources is transportable agents. A transportable agent
is a named program that can migrate from machine to machine in a
heterogeneous network. The program chooses when and where to migrate. It
can suspend its execution at an arbitrary point, transport to another machine
and resume execution on the new machine. Transportable agents have several
advantages over the traditional client/server model. Transportable agents
consume less network bandwidth and do not require a connection between
communicating machines -- this is attractive in all networks and particularly
attractive in wireless networks. Transportable agents are a convenient
paradigm for distributed computing since they hide the communication channels
but not the location of the computation. Transportable agents allow
clients and servers to program each other. However transportable agents pose
numerous challenges such as security, privacy and efficiency. Existing
transportable agent systems do not meet all of these challenges. In addition
there has been no formal characterization of the performance of transportable
agents. This thesis addresses these weakness. The thesis has two parts --
(1) formally characterize the performance of transportable agents through
mathematical analysis and network simulation and (2) implement a complete
transportable agent system.
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Robert S. Gray, "Ph.D. Thesis Proprosal: Transportable Agents." Dartmouth Computer Science Technical Report PCS-TR95-261, May 1995.
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