A reliable mobile agent communication protocol

Jiannong Cao, Liang Zhang, Jin Yang, Sajal K. Das

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In this paper, we first propose a generic framework for the design of mobile agent communication protocols. The framework uses a flexible and adaptive mailbox-based scheme that associates each mobile agent with a mailbox while allowing the decoupling between them. This flexible approach allows us to design a variety of protocols which can be made adaptive to specific applications. Based on the framework, we derive a new protocol which possesses good characteristics such as efficiency and adaptability. To improve reliability, we implement the protocol with a fault tolerant architecture that consists of two levels of message passing primitives. Simulation results show that our protocol can effectively handle both network and host failures while keeping the communication cost low.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2004
EventProceedings - 24th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems - Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 24 Mar 200426 Mar 2004


ConferenceProceedings - 24th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems
CityHachioji, Tokyo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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