A WS-Agreement Based Resource Negotiation Framework for Mobile Agents

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D. G. A. Mobach
B. J. Overeinder
F. M. T. Brazier


Mobile agents require access to computing resources on heterogeneous
systems across the Internet. They need to be able to negotiate
their requirements with the systems on which they wish to be hosted.
This paper presents a negotiation infrastructure with which agents
acquire time-limited resource contracts through negotiation with one
or more mediators instead of individual hosting systems. Mediators
represent groups of autonomous hosts. The negotiation protocol and
language are based on the WS-Agreement Specification, and have been
implemented and tested within the AgentScape framework.

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