Exploring a Self Organizing Multi Agent Approach for Service Discovery

Exploring a Self Organizing Multi Agent Approach for Service Discovery

Hakima Mellah (Research Centre in Scientific and Technical Information - CERIST, Algeria), Soumya Banerjee (Birla Institute of Technology, International Center, Mauritius), Salima Hassas (University of Lyon, France) and Habiba Drias (USTHB, Algeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-809-8.ch007
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The chapter presents a Multi Agent System (MAS) approach, for service discovery process to consider the user in the service discovery process involoving his interactions under constraints. The service discovery has become an emerging phenomena in software engineering and process engineering as well. The proposed MAS has demonstrated significant self oranizining potential. This feature is very crucial for assuring a correct service delivery, to avoid failures or mal-function for the service discovery environment. The requirement for self organizing choreographed services have been well realized, in case of operational, functional and behavioral faults. Self organization within the MAS is adopted by the recourse to a self organizing protocol conceived from bacteria colony and evolutionary computation paradigm.
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2. Background

Web Services (WS) reliability is strongly dependent on the fault handling mechanisms of the communication protocols and on the messaging infrastructure mediating their interactions (Erradi, Maheshwari, & Tosic, 2006). Correct service delivery continuity defines web services reliability. This implies zero, or at worst, relatively few failures and rapid recovery time (Erradi, Maheshwari, & Tosic, 2006). WS are managed by different geographically distributed providers The unreliability of any of the constituent WS could lead to the failure or QoS degradation, even if other constituent seem to be reliable. A service management middleware is proposed in (Erradi, Maheshwari, & Tosic, 2006), it is based on some recovery policies (eg retry, skip, use). In (Ardissono L., Furnari, Goy, Petrone, & Segnan, 2006) a framework is proposed for WS orchestration, as environment of this latter could present some exceptions that are not able to identify precisely their causality. WS are used to diagnose exceptions in a more precise manner. In (Ardissono L., Furnari, Goy, Petrone, & Segnan, 2007) an interaction protocol for every cooperating web service WSi is represented by an abstract process. The local view of WSi on choreography is determined by associating its abstract process to the final WS. In this context, a WS monitor is responsible of checking the choreographed services by receiving their status messages during choreography. The problem is also posed when the WS monitor itself does not respond in time.

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