Mobile Agent Infrastructures: a Solution for Management or a Problem to Manage?



Mobile Agent Technology (MAT) is a fresh paradigm for distributed programming, with potential for application in a broad range of fields. A Mobile Agent (MA) corresponds to a small program that is able to migrate to some remote machine, where it is able to execute some function or collect some relevant data and then migrate to other machines in order to accomplish another task. The basic idea of this
paradigm is to distribute the processing throughout the network: that is, send the code to the data instead of bringing the data to the code. MA systems differ from other mobile code and agent-based technologies because increased code and state mobility allow for even more flexible and dynamic solutions.
In the last couple of years we have developed the JAMES platform for mobile agents [5], which was later used by our industrial partners to produce and deploy several MA-based applications for telecommunications and network management. These circumstances provided us with a good perspective on infrastructure manageability and lead to the development of several services for better administration of the JAMES platform. This paper presents those services and discusses their impact on the reduction of the associated management costs.

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