Date Added: Nov 2010
So far, researchers, have not been able to agree upon a common definition for software agents, defining them according to their own point of view. Russell and Norvig define an agent as performing two tasks: it senses its surrounding environment through sensors and performs actions in it with the help of its effectors. A reconfiguration system based on software agents, is presented. The agents use the Paxos protocol in order to allocate the hardware resources via Wi-Fi. If an Access Point fails, the agents negotiate to reallocate its clients to that Access Point with a smaller number of clients. In this way the system implements virtual redundancy, a low cost reliable configuration: if a part of the system fails, other parts will assume its tasks.