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Messaging Performance of FIPA Interaction Protocols in Networked Embedded Controllers

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Agent-based technologies in production control systems could facilitate seamless reconfiguration and integration of mechatronic devices/modules into systems. Advances in embedded controllers which are continuously improving computational capabilities allow for software modularization and distribution of decisions. Agent platforms running on embedded controllers could hide the complexity of bootstrap and communication. Therefore, it is important to investigate the messaging performance of the agents whose main motivation is the resource allocation in manufacturing systems (i.e., conveyor system). The tests were implemented using the FIPA-compliant JADE-LEAP agent platform. Agent containers were distributed through networked embedded controllers, and agents were communicating using request and contract-net FIPA interaction protocols. The test scenarios are organized in intercontainer and intracontainer communications. The work shows the messaging performance for the different test scenarios using both interaction protocols.

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Correspondence to Jose Luís Martínez Lastra.

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López Orozco, O.J., Lastra, J.L.M., García, J.A.P. et al. Messaging Performance of FIPA Interaction Protocols in Networked Embedded Controllers. J Embedded Systems 2008, 470856 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1155/2008/470856

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Keywords

  • Control System
  • Resource Allocation
  • Manufacturing System
  • Control Structure
  • Main Motivation