Implementing a multi-agent organization that changes its fault tolerance policy at run-time

Bora Ş. , Dikenelli O.

ENGINEERING SOCIETIES IN THE AGENTS WORLD VI, vol.3963, pp.153-167, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 3963
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Page Numbers: pp.153-167


In this paper, we present an approach that supports simultaneously applying different fault tolerance policies in multi-agent organizations. The main strategy of our approach is to implement fault tolerance policies as reusable agent plans using HTN (Hierarchical Task Network) formalism. In this way, different fault tolerance policies such as static and adaptive ones can be implemented as different plans. In a static fault tolerance policy, all parameters related to the fault tolerance are set by a programmer before run-time. However, an adaptive fault tolerance policy requires dynamically adapting resource allocation and replication mechanisms by monitoring the system. Monitoring of a system brings some cost to the system. If all agents in an organization apply the adaptive fault tolerance policy, the monitoring cost will become an important factor for the system performance. Hence by applying our approach, the adaptive policy can be applied only to the critical agents whose criticalities can be observed during the organization's lifetime and the static one can be applied to the remaining agents. This reduces the monitoring cost and increases the overall organization performance. A case study has been implemented to show the effectiveness of our approach.