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During a discussion in September 2000 the authors
examined the future of research on mobile agents and
mobile code. (A mobile agent is a running program
that can move from host to host in network at times
and to places of its own choosing.) In this paper we
summarize and reflect on that discussion. It became
clear that the field should shift its emphasis
toward mobile code, in all its forms, rather than to
continue its narrow focus on mobile
agents. Furthermore, we encourage the development of
modular components, so that application designers
may take advantage of code mobility without needing
to rewrite their application to fit in a monolithic
mobile-agent system. There are many potential
applications that may productively use mobile code,
but there is no ``killer application'' for mobile
agents. Finally, we note that although security is
an important and challenging problem, there are many
applications and environments with security
requirements well within the capability of existing
mobile-code and mobile-agent frameworks.
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David Kotz, Robert S. Gray, and Daniela Rus, "Future Directions for Mobile-Agent Research." Dartmouth Computer Science Technical Report TR2002-415, January 2002.
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