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Mobile-Agent Coordination Models for Internet Applications
February 2000 (vol. 33 no. 2)
pp. 82-89

Internet applications face challenges that mobile agents and the adoption of enhanced coordination models may overcome. Each year more applications shift from intranets to the Internet, and Internet-oriented applications become more popular. New design and programming paradigms can help harness the Web's potential. Traditional distributed applications assign a set of processes to a given execution environment that, acting as local-resource managers, cooperate in a network- unaware fashion. In contrast, the mobile-agent paradigm defines applications as consisting of network-aware entities-agents-which can exhibit mobility by actively changing their execution environment, transferring themselves during execution.

The authors propose a taxonomy of possible coordination models for mobile-agent applications, then use their taxonomy to survey and analyze recent mobile-agent coordination proposals. Their case study, which focuses on a Web-based information-retrieval application, helps show that the mobility of application components and the distribution area's breadth can create coordination problems different from those encountered in traditional distributed applications.

Citation:
Giacomo Cabri, Letizia Leonardi, Franco Zambonelli, "Mobile-Agent Coordination Models for Internet Applications," Computer, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 82-89, Feb. 2000, doi:10.1109/2.820044
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