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Architectural Design for Multi-Agent Simulation System. Presented by: Ameya A. Velankar. Outline. Introduction to Multi-Agent Systems The DIVAS Project Architectural Design of DIVAS Framework DIVAS Social World DIVAS Environment Architecture DIVAS Agent Architecture Conclusion.

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Architectural Design for Multi-Agent Simulation System

Presented by: Ameya A. Velankar


  • Introduction to Multi-Agent Systems

  • The DIVAS Project

  • Architectural Design of DIVAS Framework

  • DIVAS Social World

  • DIVAS Environment Architecture

  • DIVAS Agent Architecture

  • Conclusion

Multi-Agent Systems (MAS)

  • MAS is the New generation architectural design paradigm

  • Characteristics of MAS are

    • Decentralized system

    • No central control unit

    • Basic entities: agent and environment

    • Co-operative, collaborative processing

  • Standardization effort

    • Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents (FIPA)

    • Object Management Group (OMG)

What is an “Agent”?

  • Agent

    • Is an autonomous software entity

    • has objectives to satisfy

    • possesses skills and can offer services

    • possesses resources of its own

    • can communicate, cooperate, coordinate and negotiate directly with other agents

    • acts in an environment that is partially perceived

The DIVAS project

DIVAS (Dynamic Information Visualization of Agent Systems) is a framework used for the development, visualization and simulation of large scale distributed multi-agent systems.

Architectural Design of DIVAS Project

Visualization Framework



Prediction System: Xtractis

Topographic Function

Explanatory Function

2D Visualization Tool

3D Visualization Tool

Predictive Function

Data Management System

Agent Clustering Tool

DIVAS Agent-Environment System

Publisher/Subscriber Messaging Service

Agent Management System

Environment Management


2D Location Graph





Agent – Agent Message Transport Service

Env - Env Message Trasport System

Agent - Environment Message Transport Service

DIVAS Social World

The DIVAS Environment Architecture

The DIVAS Agent Architecture


Design Quality Attributes of DIVAS Architecture

  • Internal Attributes

    • Correctness and completeness

    • High cohesion and low coupling

  • External Attributes

    • Generality

    • Reusability

    • Plug-n-play


  • R. Mili, G. Leask, R. Steiner, and E. Oladimeji, “Architecture and Design Viewpoints for Agent-Environment Systems,” Environments for Multi-Agent Systems, Proceedings E4MAS’04, AAMAS Conference, New York, July 2004, Technical Report UTDCS-43-04, The University of Texas at Dallas, November 2004.

  • R. Steiner, G. Leask and R. Z. Mili, “ An Architecture for MAS Simulation Environments,“ Environments for Multi-Agent Systems, E4MAS’05, accepted AAMAS Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands, July 2005.

  • E. A. Oladimeji, R. Z. Mili, and U. Shakya, “Towards an Abstract Agent Architecture for MAS Simulation Systems,” Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, AOSE-2005, AAMAS Conference, July 2005.

  • R. Z. Mili, E. Oladimeji, and R. Steiner, “Design of the DIVAS Simulation Systems,” Multi-Agent-Based Simulation, MABS ’05, AAMAS Conference, July 2005.

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