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The innate difficulty of constructing multi-agent systems has motivated agent developers to move away from developing point solutions to point problems in favour of developing methodolo-gies and toolkits for building distributed multi-agent systems. This philosophy led to the development of the ZEUS Agent Building Toolkit, which facilitates the rapid(More)
The multi-agent systems approach of knowledge level cooperation between autonomous agents promises significant benefits to distributed systems engineering, such as enhanced interoperability, scalability and re-configurability. However, thus far, because of the innate difficulty of constructing multi-agent systems, this promise has been largely unrealised.(More)
There is an emerging consensus on the need to develop methodologies and tool-kits for building distributed multi-agent systems. This paper presents ZEUS, an advanced development tool-kit for constructing collaborative agent applications. ZEUS is a culmination of a careful synthesis of established agent technologies with the addition of some new ones, to(More)
Much has been published on the functional properties of multi-agent systems (MASs) including their coordination , rationality and knowledge modelling. However, an important research area which has so far received only scant attention covers the non-functional properties of MASs which include performance, scalability and stability issues — clearly these(More)
Visualising the behaviour of systems with distributed data, control and process is a notoriously difficult task. Each component in the distributed system has only a local view of the whole setup , and the onus is on the user to integrate, into a coherent whole, the large amounts of limited information they provide. In this paper, we describe an architecture(More)
There is an emerging desire amongst agent researchers to move away from point solutions in favour of developing methodologies and tool-kits for building distributed multi-agent systems. This philosophy has led researchers at BT Labs to develop the ZEUS Agent Building Tool-kit, which facilitates the engineering of future agent applications through a library(More)
We study a general network of agents that can be built with Zeus [?]. Relationships between agents can be peer, slave, master, discounter, or no relation at all. There are four possible strategies: the cheapest agent is selected, preference to slaves first, cut-price discounting based on the utility, and cheapest agent chosen, but preference given to(More)
There is an emerging consensus on the need to develop tool-kits for building distributed multi-agent systems. This paper outlines ZEUS, an advanced development tool-kit for constructing collaborative agent applications. ZEUS is a culmination of a careful synthesis of established agent technologies with the addition of some new ones, to provide an integrated(More)