TitleAgent mobility architecture based on IEEE-FIPA standards
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsCucurull J, Martí R, Navarro-Arribas G, Robles S, Overeinder BJ, Borrell J
JournalComputer Communications
Date Published03/2009
KeywordsAgent middleware, Agent standards, Interoperability, Mobile agents, Mobility

Mobile agents are autonomous software entities driven by a set of goals and tasks. Reactivity, social ability, autonomy, the ability to move to different network locations, and the weak agent notion of proactiveness, allow for autonomous processing of distributed information according to their environment (context awareness). Although agent mobility has been devised for homogeneous environments, deployment of agent mobility in heterogeneous environments has been hindered by the absence of a common set of interoperation rules and ontologies for different agent middlewares. In this article, an agent migration model based on the communication standards of the IEEE-FIPA organisation is proposed. The approach described encompasses the definition of several specifications to achieve interoperability in the migration process in heterogeneous environments. The model provides a basic and extensible common migration process, which is flexible enough to support different kinds of migration methods and future upgrades. It is completely independent of any specific middleware implementation.