Agent Cloning: An Approach to Agent Mobility and Resource Allocation

Onn Shehory, Katia Sycara, Prasad Chalasani, and Somesh Jha
IEEE Communications, Vol. 36, No. 7, July, 1998, pp. 58-67.


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Abstract
Multi-agent systems (MAS) are subject to performance bottlenecks in cases where agents cannot perform tasks by themselves due to insucient resources. Solutions to such problems include passing tasks to others or agent migration to remote hosts. We propose agent cloning as a more comprehensive approach to the problem of local agent overloads. Agent cloning subsumes task transfer and agent mobility. According to our paradigm, agents may clone, pass tasks to others, die or merge. We discuss the requirements of implementing a cloning mechanism and its bene ts in a Multi-Agent System, and support our claims with simulation results.

Notes
Sponsor: ARPA Grant F33615-93-1-1330, ONR Grant N00014-96-1222, and NSF Grant IRI-9612131
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Center for Integrated Manfacturing Decision Systems
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Advanced Agent - Robotics Technology Lab

Text Reference
Onn Shehory, Katia Sycara, Prasad Chalasani, and Somesh Jha, "Agent Cloning: An Approach to Agent Mobility and Resource Allocation," IEEE Communications, Vol. 36, No. 7, July, 1998, pp. 58-67.

BibTeX Reference
@article{Shehory_1998_2588,
   author = "Onn Shehory and Katia Sycara and Prasad Chalasani and Somesh Jha",
   title = "Agent Cloning: An Approach to Agent Mobility and Resource Allocation",
   journal = "IEEE Communications",
   pages = "58-67",
   month = "July",
   year = "1998",
   volume = "36",
   number = "7",
}