Distributed Director Facilitator in a Multiagent Platform for Networked Embedded Controllers

  • Omar J. López Orozco
  • Jose L. Martinez Lastra
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4659)


FIPA-compliant agent platforms must include an Agent Management System, an Agent Communication Channel and a Director Facilitator (DF). The DF is centralized and it administers a register of agents which previously had been registered. Every agent could perform a search for an agent(s) that has specific characteristics or provides a determined service. A centralized DF is a potential point of failure and could cause network overload. The DFs could be distributed through the networked embedded controllers. This paper describes the development of a Distributed Director Facilitator (DDF) which keeps a local register of service providers including the name of the agents and the services provided, this means that every controller could have its own DDF, and agents hosted within a controller could query over the list of service providers.


Multiagent systems agent platform embedded controllers Director Facilitator 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Omar J. López Orozco
    • 1
  • Jose L. Martinez Lastra
    • 1
  1. 1.Tampere University of Technology, Institute of Production Engineering, Korkeakoulunkatu 6, 33720 TampereFinland

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