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The Contract Net Protocol: High-Level Communication and Control in a Distributed Problem Solver
December 1980 (vol. 29 no. 12)
pp. 1104-1113
R.G. Smith, Defence Research Establishment Atlantic
The contract net protocol has been developed to specify problem-solving communication and control for nodes in a distributed problem solver. Task distribution is affected by a negotiation process, a discussion carried on between nodes with tasks to be executed and nodes that may be able to execute those tasks.
Index Terms:
task-sharing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), connection, cooperation, distributed problem solving, focus, high-level protocols, negotiation, resource allocation
Citation:
R.G. Smith, "The Contract Net Protocol: High-Level Communication and Control in a Distributed Problem Solver," IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 29, no. 12, pp. 1104-1113, Dec. 1980, doi:10.1109/TC.1980.1675516
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