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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 4 (2008), Issue 2, Pages 131-146

A Skeleton Based Programming Paradigm for Mobile Multi-Agents on Distributed Systems and Its Realization within the MAGDA Mobile Agents Platform

R. Aversa,1 B. Di Martino,1 N. Mazzocca,2 and S. Venticinque1

1Department of Information Engineering, Second University of Naples, Aversa, Italy
2Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica, Universitá Federico II di Napoli, Napoli, Italy

Received 3 April 2008; Accepted 3 April 2008

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Parallel programming effort can be reduced by using high level constructs such as algorithmic skeletons. Within the MAGDA toolset, supporting programming and execution of mobile agent based distributed applications, we provide a skeleton-based parallel programming environment, based on specialization of Algorithmic Skeleton Java interfaces and classes. Their implementation include mobile agent features for execution on heterogeneous systems, such as clusters of WSs and PCs, and support reliability and dynamic workload balancing. The user can thus develop a parallel, mobile agent based application by simply specialising a given set of classes and methods and using a set of added functionalities.