Technical Report Number
Mobile agents are programs that can jump from host to host in the network, at times and to places of their own choosing. Many groups have developed mobile-agent software platforms, and several mobile-agent applications. Experiments show that mobile agents can, among other things, lead to faster applications, reduced bandwidth demands, or less dependence on a reliable network connection. There are few if any studies of the scalability of mobile-agent servers, particularly as the number of clients grows. We present some recent performance and scalability experiments that compare three mobile-agent platforms with each other and with a traditional client/server approach. The experiments show that mobile agents often outperform client/server solutions, but also demonstrate the deep interaction between environmental and application parameters. The three mobile-agent platforms have similar behavior but their absolute performance varies with underlying implementation choices.
Dartmouth Digital Commons Citation
Gray, Robert S.; Kotz, David; Peterson, Ronald A. Jr; Gerken, Peter; Hofmann, Martin; Chacon, Daria; Hill, Greg; and Suri, Niranjan, "Mobile-Agent versus Client/Server Performance: Scalability in an Information-Retrieval Task" (2001). Computer Science Technical Report TR2001-386. https://digitalcommons.dartmouth.edu/cs_tr/232