Toward Dynamic Interoperability of Mobile Agent Systems
[grimstrup:gmas]Arne Grimstrup, Robert Gray, David Kotz, Maggie Breedy, Marco Carvalho, Thomas Cowin, Daria Chacón, Joyce Barton, Chris Garrett, and Martin Hofmann. Toward Dynamic Interoperability of Mobile Agent Systems. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Mobile Agents, volume 2535 in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 106–120. Springer, October 2002. doi:10.1007/3-540-36112-X_8. ©Copyright Springer-Verlag.
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. This goal 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.
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