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Market-based Resource Control for Mobile Agents
Jonathan Bredin, David Kotz, Daniela Rus
Dartmouth PCS-TR97-326

Abstract: Mobile agents are programs that can migrate from machine to machine in a heterogeneous, partially disconnected network. As mobile agents move across a network, they consume resources. We discuss a system for controlling the activities of mobile agents that uses electronic cash, a banking system, and a set of resource managers. We describe protocols for transactions between agents. We present fixed-pricing and dynamic-pricing policies for resources. We focus on and analyze the sealed-bid second-price auction as a mechanism for dynamic pricing.

Note: A revised version appeared in the conference Autonomous Agents '98. See here. See related papers.


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