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MAgNET: Mobile Agents for Networked Electronic Trading
July/August 1999 (vol. 11 no. 4)
pp. 509-525

Abstract—Electronic commerce technology offers the opportunity to integrate and optimize the global production and distribution supply chain. The computers of the various corporations, located throughout the world, will communicate with each other to determine the availability of components, to place and confirm orders, and to negotiate delivery timescales. In this paper, we describe MAgNET, a system for networked electronic trading that is based on the Java mobile agent technology, called aglets. Aglets are dispatched by the buyer to the various suppliers, where they negotiate orders and deliveries, returning to the buyer with their best deals for approval. MAgNET handles the deep supply chain, where a supplier may need to contact further suppliers of subcomponents in order to respond to an enquiry. Experimental results demonstrate the feasibility of using the Java aglet technology for electronic commerce.

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Index Terms:
Electronic commerce, Java, mobile agents, procurement, supply chain.
Prithviraj Dasgupta, Nitya Narasimhan, Louise E. Moser, P.m. Melliar-Smith, "MAgNET: Mobile Agents for Networked Electronic Trading," IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 509-525, July-Aug. 1999, doi:10.1109/69.790796
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