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Department of Computer Science
Mobile agents are programs that can migrate from machine to machine in a network of computers and have complete control over their movement. Since the performance space of mobile agents has not been characterized fully, assessing the effectiveness of using mobile agents over a traditional client/server approach currently requires implementing an agent system and running time-consuming experiments. This report presents a simple mobile-agent simulation that can provide quick information on the performance and scalability of a generic information retrieval (IR) mobile-agent system under different network configurations. The simulation is built using the DaSSF and DaSSFNet frameworks, resulting in high performance and great configuration flexibility. This report also implements a real D'Agents mobile-agent IR system, measuring the performance of the system. A comparison of these real-world performance results and those given by the simulation suggest that the simulation has good accuracy in predicting the scalability of a mobile-agent system. Thus this report argues that simulation provides a good way to quickly assess the performance and scalability of an IR mobile-agent system under different network configurations.
Dubrovsky, Nikita E., "Mobile Agents Simulation with DaSSF" (2004). Dartmouth College Undergraduate Theses. 36.
Originally posted in the Dartmouth College Computer Science Technical Report Series, number TR2004-499.