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First-class protocols for agent-based coordination of scientific instruments

T Miller, P McBurney, J McGinnis, K Stathis

Proceedings of the Workshop on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, WETICE | Published : 2007


The coordination of distributed processing is of great interest to a number of research communities. However these research communities, such as those involved in e-science GRIDs and multi-agent systems, view this problem from disparate viewpoints. This paper aims to contribute to the necessary reconciliation of these perspectives. By demonstrating the coordination of processes whether reactive (such as web services) or proactive (such as autonomous agents) can be done with a single representation using a protocol language, RASA. The multi-agent paradigm introduces, into any model of distributed systems, flexibility and autonomy that can be daunting and intimidating to scientists accustomed ..

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