A framework of using cooperating mobile agents to achieve load sharing in distributed web server groups

Jiannong Cao, Xianbing Wang, Sajal K. Das

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This paper studies the issues of using mobile agents to achieve load sharing for network services in a wide-area network environment such as the Internet. Traditionally, load sharing algorithms are based on the message-passing paradigm. In this paper, we propose the use of mobile agents as an aid to design fully distributed and dynamic load-sharing mechanisms for wide-area network services, which provide several advantages over the pure message-passing-based approach. A framework (called MALS - mobile agent-enabled load-sharing) for structuring and designing load sharing in wide-area network services is presented. In particular, we describe the design of a mobile agent-enabled distributed dynamic load-sharing scheme within the MALS framework. A simulation environment of the load-sharing protocol is being implemented using Aglet™, a Java-compliant mobile agent platform from IBM. Preliminary experimental results demonstrated that the proposed framework is effective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-603
Number of pages13
JournalFuture Generation Computer Systems
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2004


  • Dynamic load sharing
  • Internet computing
  • Mobile agent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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