Mobile Agents and Legacy Systems: How to Integrate Alternative Communication Paradigms
Over the last few years a large number of mobile agent systems have been developed, both in the academic field and in the industrial one. However, agent technology has hardly been adopted in developing commercial applications, notwithstanding its interesting potentialities. In our thinking, this has been mainly due to the lack of interoperability of agent technology with traditional and common techniques for developing distributed software, and to the fact that it has been often presented as the paradigm suitable for all distributed applications. Starting from this consideration, in this paper we present a model for integrating mobile agent technology into a common distributed object architecture such as CORBA. The implementation of the architecture has been carried out using our agent platform MAP, and the main strength of the adopted approach will be shown.
KeywordsDistributed object-oriented technology Mobile agents CORBA
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