Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/10951
Title: Design of a generic framework for mobile agent communication
Authors: Feng, XY
Lu, J
Cao, JN 
Keywords: Communication
Generic framework
Mailbox
Mobile agent
Protocol
Issue Date: 2003
Source: Ruan Jian Xue Bao/Journal of software, 2003, v. 14, no. 5, p. 984-990 How to cite?
Journal: Ruan Jian Xue Bao/Journal of Software 
Abstract: Message delivery protocols are among the most important mechanisms in a mobile Agent system since cooperating mobile Agents need to communicate with each other. A generic framework is presented for designing mobile Agent message delivery protocols. The framework uses a flexible and adaptive mailbox-based scheme, which associates each mobile Agent with a mailbox while allowing the decoupling between them, i.e., a mobile Agent can migrate to a new site without bringing its mailbox. By separating the concerns of locating the mailbox of a mobile Agent and delivering a message to the Agent, a large space of protocol design with flexibility is obtained. Using a three-dimensional model based on the scheme, the generic framework not only covers, as particular cases, several known protocols, but also allows for the design of new ones suited for various application requirements. By extensive simulation experiments, trade-offs between design parameter selection and their impact on the performance of derived protocol are analyzed. The conclusion of analysis can be used to guide applications of the framework.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/10951
ISSN: 1000-9825
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