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Mobile agents represent a secure technology. Mobile active computational entities introduce peculiar problems in the coordination of distributed application components. The paper surveys several coordination models for mobile agent applications. On this base, the paper presents the MARS system, a coordination tool for Java-based mobile agents. MARS defines Linda-like tuple spaces that can be programmed to react with specific actions to the accesses made by mobile agents. Several examples in the context of a WWW information retrieval application show the effectiveness of the MARS approach.
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