Agent Cloning: An Approach to Agent Mobility and Resource Allocation

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

View Publication

Copyright notice: This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. These works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.


Multi-agent systems (MAS) are subject to performance bottlenecks in cases where agents cannot perform tasks by themselves due to insu cient 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.

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},
year = {1998},
month = {July},
volume = {36},
number = {7},
pages = {58-67},
} 2017-09-13T10:49:23-04:00