Date Added: Dec 2011
The rise of the networked workplace has been the most remarkable change in the last three decades of information technology. As networks of computing resources have become common, the concept of distributing related processing among multiple resources has become increasingly important. The authors have seen an explosion in information availability on increasingly heterogeneous networks. Managing these diverse networks often requires the collection of large quantities of data from possibly dispersed parts of the network. This challenge provides a driving force to research the use of agents and in particular mobile agents to automate some network management tasks. New management paradigms are being proposed as an alternative to the centralized, client/server architecture.