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Agent Communication in Distributed Simulations

  • Fang Wang
  • Stephen John Turner
  • Lihua Wang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3415)

Abstract

Multi-Agent Systems (MASs) provide a valuable tool for handling increasing software complexity and supporting rapid and accurate decision making. Various environments for testing, analyzing and developing MASs have been developed. This paper describes an approach to integrating agents into distributed simulations. Using the JADE toolkit and the HLA (High Level Architecture), a general architecture is obtained, where both the high level agent specific services and the underlying middleware comply with international standards. In this paper, we show how an MAS may be used to represent entities in a simulation, focusing on the issue of agent to agent communication, as this is one of the key characteristics of MASs. The causality problem in agent communication is described, and conditions for ensuring consistency are identified. A prototype system has been implemented to demonstrate the feasibility of our solution and some experimental results are presented.

Keywords

Multi-agent systems distributed simulation high level architecture communication causality synchronization 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fang Wang
    • 1
  • Stephen John Turner
    • 1
  • Lihua Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Parallel & Distributed Computing Centre, School of Computer EngineeringNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore

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