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Issue No. 04 - Fourth Quarter (2012 vol. 5)
ISSN: 1939-1374
pp: 564-577
Kwang Mong Sim , Sch. of Comput., Univ. of Kent, Chatham, UK
Agent-based cloud computing is concerned with the design and development of software agents for bolstering cloud service discovery, service negotiation, and service composition. The significance of this work is introducing an agent-based paradigm for constructing software tools and testbeds for cloud resource management. The novel contributions of this work include: 1) developing Cloudle: an agent-based search engine for cloud service discovery, 2) showing that agent-based negotiation mechanisms can be effectively adopted for bolstering cloud service negotiation and cloud commerce, and 3) showing that agent-based cooperative problem-solving techniques can be effectively adopted for automating cloud service composition. Cloudle consists of 1) a service discovery agent that consults a cloud ontology for determining the similarities between providers' service specifications and consumers' service requirements, and 2) multiple cloud crawlers for building its database of services. Cloudle supports three types of reasoning: similarity reasoning, compatibility reasoning, and numerical reasoning. To support cloud commerce, this work devised a complex cloud negotiation mechanism that supports parallel negotiation activities in interrelated markets: a cloud service market between consumer agents and broker agents, and multiple cloud resource markets between broker agents and provider agents. Empirical results show that using the complex cloud negotiation mechanism, agents achieved high utilities and high success rates in negotiating for cloud resources. To automate cloud service composition, agents in this work adopt a focused selection contract net protocol (FSCNP) for dynamically selecting cloud services and use service capability tables (SCTs) to record the list of cloud agents and their services. Empirical results show that using FSCNP and SCTs, agents can successfully compose cloud services by autonomously selecting services.
software tools, cloud computing, electronic commerce, groupware, inference mechanisms, search engines, software agents, SCT, agent-based cloud computing, software agents, cloud service discovery, service composition, software tools, cloud resource management, Cloudle, agent-based search engine, cloud service negotiation, cloud commerce, agent-based cooperative problem solving, similarity reasoning, compatibility reasoning, numerical reasoning, focused selection contract net protocol, FSCNP, service capability tables, Cloud computing, Cognition, Ontologies, Databases, Software agents, resource management, Cloud computing, multiagent systems, software agent, service discovery, service composition, negotiation

Kwang Mong Sim, "Agent-Based Cloud Computing," in IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, vol. 5, no. , pp. 564-577, 2012.
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