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ACTS Programme AC338. M obile I ntelligent A gents for M anaging the Information I nfrastructure. Presentation. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci German National Research Center for Information Technology (GMD) Research Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS)

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acts programme ac338

ACTS Programme AC338

Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information Infrastructure

presentation

Presentation

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci

German National Research Center for Information Technology

(GMD)

Research Institute for Open Communication Systems

(FOKUS)

Intelligent Mobile Agent Center of Competence

(IMA-CC)

general project information
General Project Information
  • Duration: March 1998 until February 2000
  • Budget: ~ 400 man-months
  • Web Site: www.fokus.gmd.de/research/cc/ima/miami
  • Contact: Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci

Project Manager

GMD FOKUS

e-mail: [email protected]

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

miami project partners
MIAMI Project Partners
  • P01 GMD FOKUS, Germany (Prime Contractor)
  • P02 Alcatel Bell, Belgium
  • A02A Alcatel CIT, France
  • P03 University College London, UK
  • A03A Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK
  • A03B The University of Surrey, UK
  • P04 Algosystems SA, Greece
  • P05 Centre de Recherche Informatique de Montréal (CRIM), Canada
  • P06 France Télécom CNET, France
  • P07 Hitachi Ltd., Japan

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

miami main objectives
MIAMI Main Objectives

The MIAMI project focuses on the following objectives:

  • Development and validation of a uniform mobile intelligent agent framework according to the requirements of an open European Information Infrastructure (EII)
  • Convergence of the OMG MASIF and FIPA mobility specifications

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

miami main objectives cont
MIAMI Main Objectives (cont.)
  • Development of agent-based solutions for managing the open EII and provision of Advanced Communication and Information (ACI) services
  • Contribution to standardisation
  • Demonstration of results in a pan-European trial

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

miami key issues
MIAMI Key Issues
  • Pan-European cooperative management of advanced telecommunications and information services
  • Interaction between management systems of different management domains in an Electronic Commerce context
  • Business-process-driven relationship between the service management layer and the network management layer
  • Security in agent based systems (platforms and applications)

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

scope of miami
Scope of MIAMI

The MIAMI project will focus on:

  • The investigation of benefits gained from the mobility of agent intelligence in the context of telecommunications management and ACI services, and
  • Implementation and validation of the MIAMI framework in a pan-European test-bed with selected network management and ACI service scenarios.

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

outside the scope
Outside the Scope

The MIAMI project will not focus on:

  • Developing and validating solutions for interoperability among heterogeneous agents or agent systems
  • Developing and validating an extended agent communication language

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

security in miami
Security in MIAMI

MIAMI focuses on security solutions supporting the deployment of the MIA technology in open electronic commerce environments:

  • Authentication of agents and agencies
  • Access control to agencies‘ resources
  • Secure agent interactions
  • Secure agent transport

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

current state of miami
Current State of MIAMI
  • Completed activities:
    • Mobile agent platforms evaluation
      • Selected initial platform: Grasshopper of IKV++
    • Agent platform enhancement requirements analysis
      • Deliverable D1 (August 1998)
  • Activities in progress:
    • Enhanced agent platform specification and design
    • Application case studies
  • Subsequent activities:
    • Platform enhancements implementation (start 11/1998)
    • Applications design and implementation (start 01/1999)

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

miami deliverables
MIAMI Deliverables

The MIAMI Project will produce the following deliverables:

  • D1 Platform Enhancement Requirements 08/98
  • D2 Platform Enhancement Specification 11/98
  • D3 Case Studies 01/99
  • D4 Case Study Prototypes 09/99

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

technical approach
Technical Approach

The MIAMI project develops:

  • An improved MIA platform and
  • Two trial applications based on it:
    • The Active Virtual Pipe (AVP) and
      • Demonstration of network and service management based on agents
    • The Virtual Enterprise Builder (VEB)
      • Demonstration of agent based applications and communication services

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

active virtual pipe
Active Virtual Pipe

Pro-active component of the MIAMI information and communication infrastructure:

  • Provision of advanced communication and connectivity services in the business context (dynamic “VPN” - resources on demand)
  • Agent based network management:
    • QoS management
    • Fault management
    • Configuration management
  • Use of multiple transport network providers
  • Spot market for network resources
  • Provision of basic VE management services (generic workflow management capabilities)

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

virtual enterprise builder
Virtual Enterprise Builder

Interactive tool for creation and administration of a VE with support for:

  • Finding business partners
  • Negotiating among business partners
  • Creating the VE contract
  • Automatically configuring the AVP according to the contract
  • Monitoring and managing VE activities (generic workflow management support)

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

miami enterprise model
Searchs for service

Consumer

Subscriber

Virtual Enterprise

Searchs AVP Provider

Offers resoures

Contract negotiation

VE Initiator

Administration

Virtual Market Place Provider

Searchs for business partners

Content Provider

VE Administrator

Service Provider

AVP Provider

Offers resoures

Connectivity Provider

Searchs for Connectivity Provider

Offers resoures

MIAMI Enterprise Model

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

agents in market place example
VE InitiatorAgents in Market Place(Example)
  • The virtual enterprise initiator identifies the business roles and the business processes.
  • By the use of the VEB he activates and configures a match maker agent to find business partners for these roles ...

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

agents in market place example18
Virtual Market Place

VE Initiator

VE Initiator

Agents in Market Place(Example)
  • ...and sends the match maker agent to the virtual market place.

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

agents in market place example19
Company X

Company Y

Company Z

VE Initiator

Service A1

Service A2

Service A3

Agents in Market Place(Example)

Virtual Market Place

  • Meanwhile: Some companies/brokers have sent advertising agents to the VMP.

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

agents in market place example20
Company Y

Company X

Company Z

Virtual Market Place

100 Stones

80 Stones

70 Stones

VE Initiator

Service A2

Service A1

Service A1

Service A3

Service A2

Service A1

Service A2

Service A1

Service A3

Service A3

Service A3

Service A3

Service A2

Service A1

Service A2

Service A3

Service A1

Service A2

Service A3

Service A1

Service A2

How much? ...

How much? ...

How much? ...

Agents in Market Place(Example)
  • Sophisticated negotiations are possible.

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

agents in market place example21
Company X

Company Y

Company Z

VE Initiator

Service A2

Service A3

Service A1

???

Agents in Market Place(Example)

Virtual Market Place

  • Finally, the match maker agent selects a business partner.

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

agents in market place example22
Company X

Company Y

Company Z

VE Initiator

Service A1

Service A2

Service A3

Agents in Market Place(Example)

Virtual Market Place

  • He continues searching for other partners ...

... or goes back to present results.

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

components of the miami framework
Business

Business

Virtual

Virtual

Enterprise

Enterprise

Virtual

Enterprise

Process

Process

Builder

Management

Management

Generic AVP

Generic AVP

Generic

Generic

Workflow

Workflow

Configurator

Configurator

Management

Management

Connectivity

Connectivity

Generic CP

Generic CP

Management

Management

Configurator

Configurator

CP

CP

Market

Place

Management

Management

Components of the MIAMI Framework

Virtual

Enterprise

Domain

Active

Virtual

Pipe

Provider

Domain

Virtual

Connectivity

Market

Provider

Place

Domain

Domain

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

application of agents in miami
Application of Agents in MIAMI

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

application fields of agents in miami
Application Fields of Agents in MIAMI
  • Provision of high-level, dynamically programmable interfaces
  • Agent-based system components
  • Service and Network Management
  • Resource Management
  • Brokering and market place negotiations
  • Contract negotiation between VE participants
  • Generic Workflow Management

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

miami trial scenario
MIAMI Trial Scenario
  • Real business scenario
    • Creation and running of a virtual enterprise with distributed participants
  • Demonstration of the graphical Virtual Enterprise Builder
    • Creation and administration of VE
  • Demonstration of the Active Virtual Pipe
    • Provision and dynamic, role-based management of connectivity
    • Support for administration of VE

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

miami trial scenario cont
Virtual Euro Consulting company provides:

Interactive lectures about the Euro on demand.

Access to a video archive.

Access to a document archive.

Possibility to submit papers independent of its language, which will be translated if necessary, proof-read, marked, and stored on the web server.

MIAMI Trial Scenario (cont.)

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

expected achievements
Expected Achievements
  • MIAMI will clarify the potential of MIA technology regarding the:
    • Reduction of management traffic load on and increase of the availability of underlying networks
    • Increase of efficiency and flexibility of the provisioning and execution of management procedures
    • Reduction of prerequisite consumer knowledge for installation and operation of the solutions
  • MIAMI will demonstrate the suitability of the MIA technology in electronic commerce applications:
    • Security services
    • Transactional services (long life transactions)
    • Customisation services

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

summary
Summary
  • The major goal of the MIAMI project is to developa uniform mobile intelligent agent platform with facilities for:
    • Network and service management
    • Security management
    • Advanced communication and information services

and validate the platform within a pan-European virtual enterprise trial scenario.

  • MIAMI concentrates on the OMG MASIF paradigm but also considers integration/convergence with FIPA.
  • MIAMI will contribute to the next OMG Agent Standard.

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Covaci GMD FOKUS

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