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This paper presents a new framework for constructing mobile agents. The framework introduces the notion of agent hierarchy and inter-agent migration and thus allows a group of mobile agents to be dynamically assembled into a single mobile agent. It provides a powerful method to construct a distributed application, in particular a large-scale mobile(More)
We explain basic features of an emerging area called Intelligent Environments. We give a short overview on how it has developed, what is the current state of the art and what are the challenges laying ahead. The aim of the article is to make aware the Computer Science community of this new development, the differences with previous dominant paradigms and(More)
This paper presents a framework for active networks. The framework is unique among other existing active networks in being based on mobile agents. It allows protocols to be implemented within mobile agents and dynamically deployed at end systems. Moreover , it can dispatch networked applications, including client/server programs built on TCP/IP, to remote(More)
— Mobile agents can migrate among nodes to perform a set of management tasks at each of the visited nodes. Existing mobile agent-based network management systems often assume that their mobile agents are designed to work in particular networks to raise the efficiency of agent migration among multiple nodes. Unfortunately, such mobile agents cannot be reused(More)
MobiDoc is a framework for building mobile compound documents, where the compound document can be dynamically composed of mobile agents and can migrate itself over a network as a whole, with all its embedded agents. The key of this framework is that it builds a hierarchical mobile agent system that enables multiple mobile agents to be combined into a single(More)
Various home appliances and personal appliances are expected to be connected to the Internet in the near future, and the number of such appliances will become extremely large. The Internet will provide connectivity between nodes running various services and applications, in order to provide new advanced functionality. However, the conventional IP protocol(More)