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A mobile agent system is regarded as an attractive technology when developing distributed applications. However, mobility makes it more difficult to trace agents. It is also more complex for agents to communicate with each other in a reliable manner. Therefore, a reliable communication protocol is necessary to control and monitor mobile agents and deliver messages between them. In this paper, a new reliable communication protocol (RCP) is proposed for a multiregion mobile agent computing environment. RCP is implemented on the ODDUGI mobile agent system. Analysis and evaluation show that RCP fulfills the following design goals: reliability, asynchrony, timeliness, location dependency, scalability, and communication cost.
Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:21 , Issue: 1 )
Date of Publication: Jan. 2010