Monthly MultiAgent.com news for Fri Dec 15 10:17:34 2000
The Soul of the Ultimate Machine
A NY Times article about Dr. Larry Smarr and the California
Institute of Telecommunications and nformation Technology, a new state-financed
research academy in San Diego which Dr. Smarr directs. The Institute
will build pervasive computing systems. The first one will be a traffic
system with sensors/computers on all the highways, cars, traffic lights,
etc., which will hopefully help lessen commute time for Californians.
(Maybe, they should just telecommute instead :-)
Gnutella: To the Bandwidth Barrier and Beyond
An article that analyzes the growth and usage of Gnutella. It talks
about the barrier that the system hit when average network traffic
exceeded the bandwidth of a telephone modem. At this point modem users were
no longer able to effectively participate in the network, creating a
"dead-end" as a result. The paper also confirms the findings from Xerox
PARC that came out a couple of months ago.
DAML-ONT Initial Release
The initial revision of the Darpa Agent Markup Language Ontology
was released in October 2000. "DAML is an effort to help bring the
"semantic web" into being, focusing on the eventual creation of a web logic
language. It represents joint work between DoD, industry and academia in
both the US and the European Community and we hope it will lead to
the eventual web standard in this area". It is written in RDF.
Latest directory additions
"Groove is a combination of software and services that transform
the Internet into a personal medium for direct communication and
interaction." It is a peer-to-peer system for information sharing. Some versions
of the software are free.
USC ISIThis projects aims to modify the Unreal Tournament software
so that automated agents can also play. Unreal is a first person
shoot'em up gave, like Doom and Quake. The players use sockets to receive
information from the server and to send in their actions.
Distributed Objects and Applications workshop, 2001
The third international workshop on distributed object and
applications (DOA 01) . To be held 18-20 September 2001 in Rome, Italy. Papers
due 1 April 2001.
Java Communicating Agents
Jacomma is an open-source framework for developing network-aware
reactive information agents and multi-agent systems, using the ICM agent
communication infrastructure. It offers transparent ICM bindings for
java, and includes a lightweight agent execution environment.
News from the www.MultiAgent.com website.
Edited by Jose M. Vidal.