Mobile Agents and Processes using Communicating Process Architectures
Authors: Kerridge, Jon, Haschke, Jens-Oliver, Chalmers, Kevin
Abstract:The mobile agent concept has been developed over a number of years and is widely accepted as one way of solving problems that require the achievement of a goal that cannot be serviced at a specific node in a network. The concept of a mobile process is less well developed because implicitly it requires a parallel environment within which to operate. In such a parallel environment a mobile agent can be seen as a specialization of a mobile process and both concepts can be incorporated into a single application environment, where both have well defined requirements, implementation and functionality. These concepts are explored using a simple application in which a node in a network of processors is required to undertake some processing of a piece of data for which it does not have the required process. It is known that the required process is available somewhere in the network. The means by which the required process is accessed and utilized is described. As a final demonstration of the capability we show how a mobile meeting organizer could be built that allows friends in a social network to create meetings using their mobile devices given that they each have access to the others' on-line diaries.
Communicating Process Architectures 2008, Peter H. Welch, S. Stepney, F.A.C Polack, Frederick R. M. Barnes, Alistair A. McEwan, G. S. Stiles, Jan F. Broenink, Adam T. Sampson, 2008, pp 397 - 410 published by IOS Press, AmsterdamFiles: Paper (PDF), Slides (PDF)
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