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Towards Reliable Large-Scale Multi-agent Systems

DOI: 10.1007/11559221_43
Source: DBLP

ABSTRACT In this paper, we propose an approach for fault-tolerance of multi-agent systems (MASs). The starting idea is the application
of replication strategies to agents, the most critical agents being replicated to prevent failures. As criticality of agents
may evolve during the course of computation and problem solving, and as resources are bounded, we need to dynamically and
automatically adapt the number of replicas of agents, in order to maximize their reliability and availability. We will describe
our approach and related mechanisms for evaluating the criticality of a given agent and for deciding how to parameterize the
strategy (e.g., number of replicas). We also will report on experiments conducted with our prototype architecture (named DimaX).

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