Mobile Agents

  • ID: 1768250
  • Book
  • 464 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Mobile agents are software nomads that act as your personal representative, working autonomously through networks. They are able to visit network nodes directly using available computing power and are not limited by platform. This emerging field is now poised to become a cornerstone for new Web-based ubiquitous computing environments. Mobile Agents provides a practical introduction to mobile agent technology and surveys the state of the art in mobile agent research. Students and researchers can use the book as an introduction to the concepts and possibilities of this field and as an overview of ongoing research. Developers can use it to identify the capabilities of the technology to decide if mobile agents are the right solution for them. Practioners can also gain hands-on experience in programming mobile agents through exploration of the source code for a complete mobile agent environment available through the companion website.

*Summarizes the state of the art in mobile agent research
*Identifies the benefits and limitations of current mobile agent technology to help developers understand the possibilities of this new field
*Extensive mobile agents web portal ([external URL] with the Java source code for a complete industrial-quality environment for mobile agents, with significant parts of the system open source
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Part I Motivation for and Introduction to Mobile Agents; 1 Designing Innovative Distributed Systems; 2 From Client-Server to Mobile Agents; Part II Mobile Agents—Concepts, Functions, and Possible Problems; 3 Mobile Agent Migration; 4 Mobile Agent Communication; 5 Mobile Agent Security; Part III The Kalong Mobility Model—Specification and Implementation; Chapter 6 Specifications of the Kalong Mobility Model; Chapter 7 Using Kalong; Chapter 8 Evaluation; Part IV The Tracy Mobile Agent Toolkit; Chapter 9 Running a Tracy Agency; Chapter 10 Programming Agents with Tracy; Bibliography; Index
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Braun, Peter
Peter Braun is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Intelligent and Multi-Agent Systems in the Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Previously he was a faculty member in the Software Engineering Group of the computer science department at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany. He received a M.S. degree and a Ph.D. in computer science from FSU Jena. His research interests include mobile agents, especially agent migration protocols, and Grid services.
Rossak, Wilhelm R.
Willi Rossak is professor of Software and Systems Engineering at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. He specializes in the modeling and development of distributed dynamic systems with a focus on the upstream tasks of the software life cycle. He received his Diploma and Ph.D. in computer science from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria. He has published more than sixty research papers on a wide variety of topics in software and systems engineering. He also works as a consultant for the IT industry and research institutions in many countries.
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