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Mobile agents are programs that can jump from host
to host in the network, at times and to places of
their own choosing. Many groups have developed
mobile-agent software platforms, and several
mobile-agent applications. Experiments show that
mobile agents can, among other things, lead to
faster applications, reduced bandwidth demands, or
less dependence on a reliable network
connection. There are few if any studies of the
scalability of mobile-agent servers, particularly as
the number of clients grows. We present some recent
performance and scalability experiments that compare
three mobile-agent platforms with each other and
with a traditional client/server approach. The
experiments show that mobile agents often outperform
client/server solutions, but also demonstrate the
deep interaction between environmental and
application parameters. The three mobile-agent
platforms have similar behavior but their absolute
performance varies with underlying implementation
Revised version appeared in Mobile Agents 2001.
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Robert S. Gray, David Kotz, Ronald A. Peterson, Peter Gerken, Martin Hofmann, Daria Chacon, Greg Hill, and Niranjan Suri, "Mobile-Agent versus Client/Server Performance: Scalability in an Information-Retrieval Task." Dartmouth Computer Science Technical Report TR2001-386, January 2001.
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