Social Structure Based Design Patterns for Agent-Oriented Software Engineering

Social Structure Based Design Patterns for Agent-Oriented Software Engineering

Manuel Kolp, Stéphane Faulkner, Yves Wautelet
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-060-8.ch049
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Multi-agent systems (MAS) architectures are gaining popularity over traditional ones for building open, distributed, and evolving software required by today’s corporate IT applications such as e-business systems, Web services, or enterprise knowledge bases. Since the fundamental concepts of multi-agent systems are social and intentional rather than object, functional, or implementationoriented, the design of MAS architectures can be eased by using social patterns. They are detailed agent-oriented design idioms to describe MAS architectures composed of autonomous agents that interact and coordinate to achieve their intentions, like actors in human organizations. This article presents social patterns and focuses on a framework aimed to gain insight into these patterns. The framework can be integrated into agent-oriented software engineering methodologies used to build MAS. We consider the Broker social pattern to illustrate the framework. An overview of the mapping from system architectural design (through organizational architectural styles), to system detailed design (through social patterns), is presented with a data integration case study. The automation of creating design patterns is also discussed.

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