Publication details for Mr Peter BaxendaleLegge, D. N. & Baxendale, P. R. (2002), An agent-based network management system, Proceedings of the AISB'02 symposium on adaptive agents and multi-agent systems AISB 2002. London, England, Society for the study of artificial intelligence and simulation of behaviour, London, 125-130.
- Publication type: Conference papers
- Keywords: ATM testbed, BT's zeus building toolkit, java virtual machines, agents.
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This paper describes ongoing research work to build a network management system from autonomous software
agents, using the BT Zeus Agent Building Toolkit. The network specific to this work is a 6-Node ATM Testbed,
which is fully reconfigurable; however, it is intended that the management system is generic enough to be implemented
on different networks. Each node of the network hosts its own agent society; within which the role of each
agent has an useful analogy to the controlling of the layers of the ISO OSI reference model. Although the lower-layer
agent's actions must be tightly prescribed, it is intended that higher-layer agents will take on more strategic, longerterm
outlooks, and be more adaptive and autonomous. Agent societies are able to communicate, to allow their collaboration;
it is intended that this will only be at the peer-to-peer level. The long-term aim of this project is to implement
fully distributed control within a network, while maintaining the ability to take more holistically informed
decisions for network-wide and longer-term strategies.