Intelligent Agent Feasibility Study. Volume 1: Agent-based System Technology
Final rept. Nov 97-Feb 98
BBN TECHNOLOGIES CAMBRIDGE MA
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Research on software agents and agent-based systems has now been underway for more than twenty years. Within the last few years interest in agent-based systems has spread to include the active involvement of the broader commercial software community. In Volume 1 of this study we have traced these developments in the academic, commercial, and government arenas. To provide the necessary background for the study we have examined the definition of agents and the support for agent-based systems in client-server and distributed object computing environments. The focus of the study was the investigation of potential applications for agent-based technologies within the logistics areas of deployment and maintenance. An agent-based architecture was developed to support the application areas. The architecture draws on the services of the newly emerging distributed object computing environments and the combined proactive, reactive and multi-tasking agent capabilities of the Operator Model Architecture OMAR agent. Volume 2 provides an examination of the Mission Capable Awaiting Parts MICAP maintenance process as it is conducted today and outlines recommendations for employing agent-based system capabilities to improve the process.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Computer Systems