Issue No. 12 - December (1980 vol. 29)
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.
task-sharing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), connection, cooperation, distributed problem solving, focus, high-level protocols, negotiation, resource allocation
R. Smith, "The Contract Net Protocol: High-Level Communication and Control in a Distributed Problem Solver," in IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 29, no. , pp. 1104-1113, 1980.