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Title: Reliable mobile agents for distributed computing
Author: Wagealla, Waleed
ISNI:       0000 0001 3549 9778
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2003
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The emergence of platform-independent, mobile code technologies has created big opportunities for Internet-based applications. Mobile agents are being utilized to perform a variety of tasks from personalized computing to business-critical transactions. Unfortunately, these advances were not matched by correspondent research into the reliability of these new technologies. This work has been undertaken to investigate the faulttolerance of this new paradigm. Agent programs' mobility and autonomy of execution has introduced a new class of failures different to that of traditional distributed systems. Therefore, fault tolerance is one of the main problems that must be resolved to improve the adoption of an agents' paradigm. The investigation of mobile agents reliability in this thesis resulted in the development of REMA (REliable Mobile Agents), which guarantees the reliable execution, migration, and communication of mobile agents in the presence of faults that might affect the agents hosts or their communication network. We introduced an algorithm for the transparent detection of faults that might affect agent execution, migration, and communication. A decentralized structure was used to divide the agent dynamic distributed system into network-partitioning proof spaces. Lightweight messaging was adopted as the basic error detection engine, which together with the loosely coupled detection managers provided an efficient, low overhead detection mechanism for agent-based distributed processing. The problem of taking checkpoint of agent execution is hampered by the lack of the accessibility of the underlying structure of the JVM. Thus, an alternative solution has been achieved through the REMA Checkpoint and Recovery (REMA-CR) package. REMA-CR provides the developer with powerful classes and methods that allow for capturing the critical data of agents' execution. The developed recovery protocol offers a communication-pairs, independent checkpointing strategy at a low-cost, that covers all possible faults that might invalidate reliable agent execution, migration and communication and maintains the exactly once execution property. The results and the performance of REMA confirmed our objectives of providing a fault tolerant wrapper for agents and their applications with acceptable overhead cost.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Fault tolerance