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Design, Validation, Simulation and Parametric Evaluation of a Novel Protocol for Locating Mobile Agents in Multiregion Environment

Rama Sushil1, Kumkum Garg1 and Rama Bhargava1
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Journal of Computer Science
Volume 4 No. 3, 2008, 256-271

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/jcssp.2008.256.271

Published On: 31 March 2008

How to Cite: Sushil, R., Garg, K. & Bhargava, R. (2008). Design, Validation, Simulation and Parametric Evaluation of a Novel Protocol for Locating Mobile Agents in Multiregion Environment . Journal of Computer Science, 4(3), 256-271. https://doi.org/10.3844/jcssp.2008.256.271

Abstract

Mobile agents are processes that can be dispatched from source computer and be transported to remote servers for execution, have been widely argued to be an important enabling technology for future systems. Location management is a necessity for locating mobile agents in a network of mobile agent hosts for controlling, monitoring and communication during processing and it still represents an open research issue. The cost of location management strategies mainly depends on the cost of search and update. We concentrated on reducing the cost of update and improving the speed of processing of the agents. We proposed a location management technique applicable for multi-region environment in which mobile agent did not update its location at every migration. The technique named as Broadcasting with Search by Path Chase (BSPC). We used the tool time Petri net analyzer TINA to model, analyze and to simulate BSPC. We found that the BSPC behaves as expected and free from any deadlock. We measured the efficiency of BSPC and compared with some existing location management techniques by parametric evaluation. BSPC provided better scalability, location updating availability and interaction fault rate with theoretical considerations of network usage and network fault rate. It gave its best performance for applications of low CMR and having high migration rate of mobile agents within birth region.

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Keywords

  • Birth region
  • location finding protocol
  • location update and search cost
  • location management technique
  • mobile agents
  • mobile host
  • model analysis
  • petri net