Lookup NU author(s): Michael Hamilton,
Emeritus Professor Isi Mitrani
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This paper examines a distributed system where users employ a mobile software agent to perform a sequence of tasks associated with different network nodes. Each operation can be carried out either locally or remotely, and may or may not involve moving the agent from one node to another; in general, all these options have different casts. The problem is to determine the optimal agent allocation policy, for a given cost structure and pattern of user demand. The methodology adopted is that of Markov Decision Processes. Two numerical approaches are presented for the general problem, and a closed-form solution is obtained in a non-trivial special case.
Author(s): Hamilton MD, Mitrani I
Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Publication status: Published
Conference Name: 11th International Conference on Computer Performance Evaluation: Modelling Techniques and Tools (TOOLS 2000)
Year of Conference: 2000
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Series Title: Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Series Editor(s): Haverkort, B.R., Bohnenkamp, H.C. and Smith, C.U.