Communication mechanisms in ecological network-based grid middleware for service emergence

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Next generation grid systems are heading for globally collaborative, service-oriented and live information systems that exhibit a strong sense of automation. A collection of autonomous agents is searched, assembled, and coordinated in a grid middleware system to produce desirable grid services. An effective ommunication mechanism is vital to the effectiveness of the step to build a novel grid middleware system. In this study, we provide our grid middleware with a flexible ommunication solution to implement the complicated behaviors among different agents. We propose a transport mechanism of grid middleware, named as ecological network communication language (ENCL) and ecological network interaction protocol (ENIP) respectively from a low-level to a high-level implementation strategy of a communication mechanism. A series of experiments demonstrate that a service with some of the desired properties can emerge from interacting agents via the proposed solution.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)722-733
JournalInformation Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007


  • Agent communication, Ecological networks, Service emergence, Grid middleware

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