Date Added: Jan 2012
Mobile agents can be seen as a new paradigm for distributed computing. One characteristic of mobile agents is their autonomy and pro-activity. This paper present a framework designed on top of PMADE (Platform for Mobile Agent Distribution and Execution) to support research in this domain. The authors' framework consists of three modules. The Map Module collects information on the available network of Agent Hosts (AHs) and a mobile agent is able to locate services within the network with the help of this module. Furthermore, the framework provides a Route estimating module and an optimization module, which minimizes network load. These modules support a fast and efficient navigation through the network, which is an environment with an inherently dynamical behavior.