ISSN : 1796-2056
Volume : 3    Issue : 2    Date : February 2008

Improving Multi-Agent Based Resource Coordination in Peer-to-Peer Networks
António L. Lopes and Luís M. Botelho
Page(s): 38-47
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The distributed nature of peer-to-peer networks offers a solid ground for the deployment of
environments where multiple agents, managing several resources, can cooperate in pursuing
common and individual goals while achieving good overall performance. In this article we present a
survey of recent work on the integration of multi-agent systems and peer-to-peer computing for
resource coordination (including discovery, composition and execution of resources) and we
propose an approach for optimizing resource coordination through the use of efficient peer-to-peer
search mechanisms relying upon a powerful semantic overlay network. We also present an
approach for the dynamic development of the required semantic overlay network from a network of
randomly-connected peers.

Index Terms
multi agent systems, peer-to-peer networks, resource coordination, semantic overlay network