A Mobile Agent Service-Oriented Scripting Language Encoded on a Process Calculus

  • Hervé Paulino
  • Luís Lopes
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4228)


We present a service-oriented scripting language for programming mobile agents in distributed systems. The main novelty of the language we call Mob, is the integration of the service-oriented and mobile agent paradigms. Mob is also encoded onto a process calculus with a well studied semantics. The encoding provides a specification for the front-end of the language compiler and allows us to use, for the back-end and for the run-time system, a compiler and a virtual machine previously developed for the process calculus.


Virtual Machine Mobile Agent Abstract Machine Java Virtual Machine Process Calculus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hervé Paulino
    • 1
  • Luís Lopes
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Informática, Faculdade de Ciências e TecnologiaUniversidade Nova de LisboaPortugal
  2. 2.Departamento de Ciência de Computadores, Faculdade de CiênciasUniversidade do PortoPortugal

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