Moving Knowledge Agents for Network and Service Management

  • T. Zhang
  • S. Covaci
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT)


This paper proposes a new framework for developing, marketing and deploying network and service management solutions using Java-based Mobile Intelligent Agents. The management solutions are regarded as knowledge, defined as Java object classes and structured into a hierarchy by the hierarchical specialization relationship among the problem situations which the solutions are addressing. With this hierarchical organization of solutions, we can obtain the Object-Oriented style of reusability/interoperability, and the accumulative construction/standardization of management functionality in the distributed open environment. To manage the real resources, Java-based Mobile Intelligent Agents (IAs) carrying the management solution hierarchies are envisaged, which travel among the managed network sites to solve the problems in the environment by finding out and applying locally the most suitable management solutions. The knowledge of an IA can be further extended by the local, specific management solutions of the network sites it visits, in order to support the optimal management of the local resources.


Java Mobile Agent Intelligent Agent Network and Service Management Knowledge Representation/Processing Object-Oriented Development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Zhang
    • 1
  • S. Covaci
    • 1
  1. 1.GMD FOKUSBerlinGermany

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