An agent-based framework for large scale internet applications

Mamadou Tadiou Kone, Tatsuo Nakajima

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The idea of a software entity that performs tasks on behalf of a user across the Internet is now well established. We introduce in this paper a new approach to service discovery and QoS negotiation over the Internet. Our approach presents a framework for service discovery and QoS negotiation at the network level that rely on two concepts: multi- agent systems and agent communication languages (ACL). In this frame- work, a user and service agents engage in a structured communication through the m ediation of a QoS Broker Agent and a Facilitator Agent. Here, the Facilitator Agent acts on behalf of several service agents. It acquires information from these service agents and acts as a single point of contact to supply this information to the User Agent via the QoS Broker Agent. A number of service discovery protocols like the Service Location Protocol (SLP), and Sun Microsystem's Jini has been designed for restricted environments and do not scale to the entire Internet. In order to provide an infrastructure for large scale Internet applications, we designed a prototype multi-agent system that is able to discover re- sources and negotiate QoS at the network level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNETWORKING 2000
Subtitle of host publicationBroadband Communications, High Performance Networking, and Performance of Communication Networks - IFIP-TC6/European Commission International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsGuy Pujolle, Harry Perros, Serge Fdida, Ulf Korner, Ioannis Stavrakakis
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)354067506X, 9783540675068
Publication statusPublished - 2000
EventIFIP-TC6/European Commission International Conference on Networking, NETWORKING 2000 - Paris, France
Duration: 2000 May 142000 May 19

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


OtherIFIP-TC6/European Commission International Conference on Networking, NETWORKING 2000


  • Agent Communication Languages (ACL)
  • Internet
  • Knowledge Query and Manipulation Language (KQML)
  • Mutli-agent systems
  • Quality of Service (QoS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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