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Title: Mailbox-based scheme for mobile agent communications
Authors: Cao, J 
Feng, X
Lu, J
Das, SK
Keywords: Distributed object management
Mobile computing
Protocols
Software agents
Issue Date: Sep-2002
Publisher: IEEE Computer Society
Source: Computer, Sept. 2002, v. 35, no. 9, p. 54-60 How to cite?
Journal: Computer 
Abstract: In various situations, mobile agents at different hosts must cooperate with one another by sharing information and making decisions collectively. To ensure effective interagent communication, communication protocols must track target agent locations and deliver messages reliably. Researchers have proposed a wide range of schemes for agent tracking and reliable message delivery. However, each scheme has its own assumptions, design goals, and methodology. As a result, no uniform or structured methods exist for characterizing current protocols, making it difficult to evaluate their relative effectiveness and performance. The authors propose a mailbox-based scheme for designing mobile agent communication protocols. This scheme assigns each agent a mailbox to buffer messages, but decouples the agent and mailbox to let them reside at different hosts and migrate separately.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/941
ISSN: 0018-9162
DOI: 10.1109/MC.2002.1033028
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