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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.

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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