A direct execution approach to simulating mobile agent algorithms

Xuhui Li, Jiannong Cao, Yanxiang He

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Mobile agent technology has been applied to develop the solutions for various kinds of parallel and distributed computing problems. However, performance evaluation of mobile agent algorithms remains a difficult task, mainly due to the characteristics of mobile agents such as distributed and asynchronous execution, autonomy and mobility. This paper proposes a general approach based on direct execution simulation for evaluating the performance of mobile agent algorithms by collecting and analyzing the information about the agents during their execution. We describe the proposed generic simulation model, named MADES, the architecture of a software environment based on MADES, and a prototype implementation. A mobile agent-based distributed load balancing algorithm has been used for experiments with the prototype.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-184
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Supercomputing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2004


  • Direct execution simulation
  • Mobile agent
  • Parallel and distributed simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture


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