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Concurrent Architecture for a Multi-agent Platform.

Duvigneau, Michael; Moldt, Daniel; Rölke, Heiko

In: Giunchiglia, F.; Odell, J.; WeiÑ, G.: Agent-Oriented Software Engineering. 3rd International Workshop, AOSE 2002, Bologna. Proceedings, pages 147-159. Bologna: ACM Press, July 2002.

Also in: Agent-Oriented Software Engineering III (Revised Papers and Invited Contributions), Third International Workshop, AOSE 2002, Bologna, Italy, July 15, 2002, pages 59-72. Volume 2585 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science / F. Giunchiglia, J. Odell, G. WeiÑ (Eds.) --- Springer Verlag, 2003, March 2003.

Abstract: A multi-agent system has a high degree of concurrency. Petri nets are a well-established means for the description of concurrent systems. Reference nets are higher level, object-oriented Petri nets. With Renew (REference NEt Workshop), there exists a tool to model and execute reference nets with seamless Java integration. So, reference nets can be used to design executable multi-agent systems while hiding the sometimes annoying details of concurrent implementations in traditional programming languages. The technique is currently used to implement a FIPA-compliant agent platform for multi-agent systems (called CAPA) focused on retaining a maximum level of concurrency in the system.

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