A Biologically Inspired Multi-Agent Framework For Autonomic Service Management

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International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications, 2006, 2 (3), pp. 261 - 275
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This paper describes the design of a scalable bio-mimetic framework that addresses several key issues of autonomous agents in the functional management domain of complex Ubiquitous Service-Oriented Networks.We propose an autonomous network service management platform - SwarmingNet, which is motivated by observations of the swarm intelligence in biological systems (e.g., Termite, Ant/Bees colonies, or Locusts ). In this SwarmingNet architecture, the required network service processes are implemented by a group of highly diverse and autonomic objects. These objects are called TeleService Solons (TSSs) as elements of TeleService Holons (TSHs), analoguous to individual insects as members of the whole colony. A single TSS is only able to pursue simple behaviors and interactions with local neighbors, on the contrary, a group of TSSs have the capabilities of fulfilling the complex tasks relating to service discovery and service activation.We simulate a service configuration process for a Multimedia Messaging Service, and a performance comparison between the bio-agents and normal agents is analyzed. Finally, we conclude that through bio-swarming intelligence behaviors, this infrastructure develops the enhanced self-X capabilities which give IP networks advantages of instinctive compatibility, efficiency and scalability.
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