SoFAR: An Agent Framework for Distributed Information Management

SoFAR: An Agent Framework for Distributed Information Management

Luc Moreau (University of Southampton, UK), Norliza Zaini (University of Southampton, UK), Don Cruickshank (University of Southampton, UK) and David De Roure (University of Southampton, UK)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-046-2.ch003
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Abstract

SoFAR, the Southampton Framework for Agent Research, is a versatile multiagent framework designed for Distributed Information Management tasks. SoFAR embraces the notion of proactivity as the opportunistic reuse of the services provided by other agents, and it provides the means to enable agents to locate suitable service providers. The contribution of SoFAR is to combine ideas from the distributed computing community with the performative-based communications used in other agent systems: communications in SoFAR are based on the startpoint/endpoint paradigm, a powerful abstraction that can be mapped onto multiple communication layers. SoFAR also adopts an XML-based declarative approach for specifying ontologies and agents, providing a clear separation with their implementation.

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