A Multi Agent/HLA Platform for Enterprises Interoperability: Short-Lived Ontology Based

A Multi Agent/HLA Platform for Enterprises Interoperability: Short-Lived Ontology Based

Gregory Zacharewicz (IMS-LAPS / GRAI, Université de Bordeaux – UMR CNRS 5218, France), Olivier Labarthe (CIRRELT and Université Laval, Canada), David Chen (IMS-LAPS / GRAI, Université de Bordeaux – UMR CNRS 5218, France) and Bruno Vallespir (IMS-LAPS / GRAI, Université de Bordeaux – UMR CNRS 5218, France)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-808-6.ch014


This chapter aims at proposing an implementation of the federation interoperability concept for information exchange between networked enterprises. This implementation makes use of Multi Agent / HLA paradigm and the emerging concept of Short-Lived Ontology. The authors give first, a review of ongoing researches on Enterprise Interoperability. Then, they recall on Artificial Agent Concept and HLA Standard that appear to be adequate to support simulation and execution of the studied concept. Indeed, on the one hand Agent dialogue fits the concept of information exchange in a federated enterprise interoperability approach, on the other hand the HLA standard, initially designed for military M&S purpose, can be transposed for enterprise interoperability at the implementation level, reusing the years of experiences in distributed systems. From these postulates, we propose the first Agent/HLA Short-Lived Ontology based framework to implement distributed enterprise models from the conceptual level of federated enterprise interoperability approach.
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Basic Concept Of Interoperability

Enterprise Interoperability refers to the ability of interactions between enterprise systems. The interoperability is considered as significant if the interactions can take place at least at the three different levels: data, services and process, with a semantics defined in a given business context (IDEAS, 2002).

Interoperability extends beyond the boundaries of any single system, and involves at least two entities. Consequently establishing interoperability means to relate two systems together and remove incompatibilities. Incompatibility is the fundamental concept of interoperability. It is the obstacle to establish seamless interoperation. The concept ‘incompatibility’ has a broad sense and is not only limited to ‘technical’ aspect as usually considered in software engineering, but also ‘information’ and ‘organization’, and concerns all levels of the enterprise (Chen et al., 2007).

Our goal is to tackle interoperability problems through the identification of barriers (incompatibilities) which prevent interoperability to happen. Basic concepts relating to Enterprise Interoperability are categorized into three main dimensions as described below (IDEAS, 2002).

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