Fault-tolerant and transactional mobile agent execution

Stefan Pleisch
Mobile agents constitute a computing paradigm of a more general nature than the widely used client/server computing paradigm. A mobile agent is essentially a computer program that acts autonomously on behalf of a user and travels through a network of heterogeneous machines. However, the greater flexibility of the mobile agent paradigm compared to the client/server computing paradigm comes at additional costs. These costs include, among others, the additional complexity of developing and
more » ... mobile agent-based applications. This additional complexity comprises such issues as reliability. Before mobile agent technology can appear at the core of tomorrow's business applications, reliability mechanisms for mobile agents must be established. In this context, fault tolerance and transaction support are mechanisms of considerable importance. Various approaches to fault tolerance and transaction support exist. They have different strengths and weaknesses, and address different environments. Because of this variety, it is often difficult for the application programmer to choose the approach best suited to an application. This thesis introduces a classification of current approaches to fault-tolerant and transactional mobile agent execution. The classification, which focuses on algorithmic aspects, aims at structuring the field of fault-tolerant and transactional mobile agent execution and facilitates an understanding of the properties and weaknesses of particular approaches.
doi:10.5075/epfl-thesis-2654 fatcat:v4frx2oybrh2ndshcpxrb3vsqq