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A multiagent system (MAS) architecture is structured in terms of autonomous and communicating components. Agent orientation does not support the modularization of some system properties that affect several system components. These properties are called ldquocrosscutting concernsrdquo and need to be explicitly captured in the architectural design of MAS. Aspect-orientation provides abstractions to identity and modularize crosscutting concerns throughout the software lifecycle. This work uses aspect-oriented abstractions to define a modeling language to describe and modularize crosscutting concerns in MAS architecture. An e-commerce example is used to illustrate the application of the proposed modeling language.
Date of Conference: 18-18 May 2009