Date Added: Jan 2010
Agent programming technology has emerged as a flexible and complementary way to manage resources of distributed systems due to the increased flexibility in adapting to the dynamically changing requirements of such systems. A very promising application of this technology is related to the control of forthcoming networking systems which will represent a competitive marketplace with a multitude of vendors, operators and customers. Thus, new reference models have to be investigated in order to better satisfy users' requirements in a framework where resource allocation is provided under the control of different and often competing stakeholders (users, network providers, service providers, etc.).