Mobility

Mobile Agents for Network Management

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Executive Summary

This paper discusses the potential uses of mobile agents in Network Management. The paper defines software agents and a navigation model, which determines agent mobility. The paper list a number of potential advantages and disadvantages of mobile agents. The paper includes a short commentary on the ongoing standardization activity. The core of the paper comprises descriptions of several actual and potential applications of mobile agents in the five OSI functional areas of Network Management. A brief review of other research activity in the area and a brief prospectus for the future conclude the presentation.

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