A scalable agent location mechanism

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Large scale open multi-agent systems where agents need services of other agents but may not know their contact information require agent location mechanisms. Solutions to this problem are usually based on middle-ware such as matchmakers, brokers, yellow-pages agents and other middle agents. The disadvantage of these is that they impose infrastructure, protocol and communication overheads, and they do not easily scale up. We suggest a new approach to agent location, which does not require middle agents and protocols for using them. Our approach is simple and scales up with no infrastructure or protocol overheads, thus may be very useful for large scale MAS. In this paper, we analytically study the properties of our approach and discuss its advantages.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Agents VI
Subtitle of host publicationAgent Theories Architectures and Languages - 6th International Workshop, ATAL 1999 , Proceedings
EditorsNicholas R. Jennings, Yves Lesperance
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)3540672001, 9783540672005
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Workshop on Agent Theories Architectures and Languages, ATAL 1999 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 15 Jul 199917 Jul 1999

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


Conference6th International Workshop on Agent Theories Architectures and Languages, ATAL 1999
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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