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Article title DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF SUBJECT-ORIENTED MULTI-AGENT SYSTEMS FOR DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING MANAGEMENT
Authors A.G. Feoktistov, R.O. Kostromin
Section SECTION III. DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING AND SYSTEMS
Month, Year 11, 2016 @en
Index UDC 004.4’2+004.89
DOI 10.18522/2311-3103-2016-11-6575
Abstract Nowadays, the effective management of scalable applications for solving large fundamental and applied tasks in a heterogeneous distributed computing environment is a non-trivial problem. The promising approach to solving this problem is the use of multi-agent systems. Today, there is a wide range of frameworks for creating the multi-agent systems for various purposes. However, the known frameworks do not have all the necessary tools to automate the development of agents. They also do not provide a representation of knowledge about the subject domain of solved tasks and software/hardware infrastructure in the created multi-agent system. The aim of our study is to develop methods and tools to solve these problems. In the paper, we represent a comparative analysis of a number of the well-known multi-agent systems for the management of such applications. We also give a brief overview of frameworks for developing multi-agent systems and prove the selection of the system JADE as a basic tool. Our contribution is multifold. We formulate the principles of multi-agent systems for the management of scalable applications. The effective operation of the system is based on the integrated use of the computational, schematic and production knowledge as well as knowledge about the software/hardware infrastructure of the environment and administrative policies in its nodes. This knowledge is presented in the form of a conceptual model of the computing environment. We propose a methodology for creating of multi-agent systems. It is based on a bottom-up approach to the design of such systems. This approach uses the methods and tools for the synthesis of abstract programs which reflect the behavior of agents. These methods and tools are used to generate the code of agents. The developed tool for creation of subject-oriented multi-agent systems is the intelligent superstructure over tools of the system JADE. They significantly extend the capabilities of this system. Examples of solving problems of parametric synthesis of linear regulator for dynamic object and SAT-problems using scalable applications under the management of multi-agent system show the scalability and efficiency of distributed computing. This system is developed in accordance with the proposed principles of the organization of such systems.

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Keywords Scalable application; distributed computing management; multi-agent system; development tools.
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