A Ring-Based Architectural Model for Middle Agents in Agent-Based System

  • Chunsheng Li
  • Chengqi Zhang
  • Zili Zhang
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2690)


In agent-based systems, the performance of middle agents not only relies on the matchmaking algorithms employed by them, but also the architecture that organizes them with suitable organizational structure and coordination mechanism. In this paper, we contribute a framework and develop a couple of middle agents with logical ring organizational structure to match requester agents with service provider agents. The middle agent is of the features of proliferation and self-cancellation according to the sensory input from its environment. The token-based coordination mechanism of middle agents is designed. Two kinds of middle agents, namely, host and duplicate, are designed for promoting the scalability and robustness of agent-based systems. We demonstrate the potentials of the architecture by case study.


Agent Group Coordination Mechanism Training Document Election Algorithm Middle Agent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chunsheng Li
    • 1
  • Chengqi Zhang
    • 1
  • Zili Zhang
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Information TechnologyUniversity of Technology, SydneyBROADWAYAUSTRALIA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceSouthwest China Normal UniversityChongqingChina

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