Interoperability of mobile agents for ubiquitous applications

Tetsuo Hasegawa*, Kenta Cho, Akihiko Ohsuga, Fumihiro Kumeno, Shin Nakajima, Shinichi Honiden

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A mobile agent is an important platform for applications for the coming ubiquitous society. Many different kinds of mobile agent platforms have been developed. However, agents from one agent platform are generally not able to migrate into another agent platform. As a solution to this problem, we propose an interoperability concept using an incarnation agent. The concept realizes logical mobility within different kinds of agent platforms. The incarnation agent extracts an agent's procedures and status, compiling them into agent platform independent format and then re-compiling them to target agent platform format, thus enabling the process to continue. The incarnation agent also has autonomy for interoperability. It manages complex migration for interoperability, so agent's procedure can be described in simple mobile model. Moreover, the incarnation agent modifies agent's procedures as applicable to facilities of target agent platform. This paper also reports an interoperability middle-ware and its examination. The middle-ware is a foundation of realizing the Incarnation Agent, and the response time and network traffic overheads by the interoperability middle-ware has been measured.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-59
Number of pages11
JournalElectrical Engineering in Japan (English translation of Denki Gakkai Ronbunshi)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • Interoperability
  • Mobile agent
  • Ubiquitous

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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