Scalability in Distributed Multi-Agent Based Simulations: The JADE Case

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Dawit Mengistu, Peter Tröger, Lars Lundberg, Paul Davidsson
Title: Scalability in Distributed Multi-Agent Based Simulations: The JADE Case
Conference name: 2nd International Conference on Future Generation Communication and Networking
Year: 2008
Pagination: 596-602
ISBN: 978-1-4244-3430-5
Publisher: IEEE
City: Hainan, PEOPLES R CHINA
ISI number: 000270432000123
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/com
Language: English
Abstract: Agent platforms provide a framework for development and execution of parallel applications such as multi-agent based simulation (AMBS). However, these platforms have limitations to support large-scale MABS applications in practice.
This paper aims at investigating and improving the performance of an agent platform with a AMBS workload in distributed environments. We carried out an experimental study with the JADE framework as our agent platform. The experiments show the performance characteristics of the workload and that JADE does not scale well due to message transport and agent directory service limitations. We propose solutions to overcome these performance bottlenecks and facilitate the efficient execution of AMBS in a distributed environment. Initial experimental results demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed approaches
Subject: Software Engineering\General
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