A multi-level approach and infrastructure for agent-oriented software development
Nowostawski, Mariusz; Bush, Geoff; Purvis, Martin; Cranefield, Stephen
An architecture, and the accompanying infrastructural support, for agent-based software developement is described which supports the use of agent-oriented ideas at multiple levels of abstraction. At the lowest level are micro-agents, which are robust and efficient implementations of streamlined agents that can be used for many conventional programming tasks. Agents with more sophisticated functionality can be constructed by combining these micro-agents into more complicated agents. Consequently the system supports the consistent use of agent-based ideas throughout the software engineering process, since higher level agents may be hierarchically refined into more detailed agent implementations. We outline how micro-agents are implemented in Java and how they have been used to construct the Opal framework for the construction of more complex agents that are based on the FIPA specifications.
Publisher: University of Otago
Series number: 2001/06
Keywords: agents; multi-agent system; multi-agent platform scalability
Research Type: Discussion Paper