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Grid is a promising infrastructure which enables scientists and engineers to access geographically distributed resources. Grid computing is a new technology which focuses on aggregating various kinds of resource (e.g., processor cycles, disk storage, and contents) into one computing platform. The realization of grid computing requires a resource agent to manage and monitor available resources. Based on study of past models, this paper presents a new agent-based resource monitoring model whose main feature is multi-layered monitoring architecture, which enhances the ability to monitor related resource efficiently. In the meantime, the new model has been implemented in the development of a resource monitoring module integrated within a academic grid project.