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A Reliable Message Delivery Protocol for Mobile Agents



Mudumbai Ranganathan, M Bednarek, Douglas C. Montgomery


The abstractions and protocol mechanisms that form the basis for inter-agent communications can significantly impact the overall design and effectiveness of Mobile Agent systems. We present the design and performance analysis of a reliable communication mechanismfor Mobile Agent systems. Our protocols are presented in the context of a Mobile Agent system called AGNI. We have developedAGNI communication mechanisms that offer reliable peer-to-peer communications, and that are integrated with our agent location tracking infrastructure to enable efficient, failure-resistant networking among highly mobile systems. We have analyzed the design parameters of our protocols using an in-situ simulation approach with validation through measurement of our prototype implementation in real distributed systems. Our system assumptions are simple and general enough to make our results applicable to other Agent systems that may adopt our protocols and/or design principles.
Proceedings Title
Agent Systems and Architectures/Mobile Agents (ASA/MA) 2000
Conference Dates
September 3-6, 2000
Conference Location
Zurich, SZ
Conference Title
Agent Systems and Architectures/Mobile Agents


communication, mobile agents, networking


Ranganathan, M. , Bednarek, M. and Montgomery, D. (2000), A Reliable Message Delivery Protocol for Mobile Agents, Agent Systems and Architectures/Mobile Agents (ASA/MA) 2000, Zurich, SZ (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created January 1, 2000, Updated February 19, 2017