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Architectural Evaluation of Collaborative Agent-Based Systems

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  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • SEI Identifier: CMU/SEI-99-TR-025
  • Type: Technical Report
  • Topics: Software Architecture
  • Description: This report identifies features in agent-based systems that could be used to classify agent-system architectures and to guide the generation of scenarios applicable to these architectures.

Abstract

The Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) is an architecture evaluation technique currently evolving at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). ATAM has been applied to a number of command and control, real-time, and information systems. As collaborative, autonomous agents become a significant software technology, the demand for evaluating the quality attributes of the architectures of agent-based systems will increase. Very broadly, agents may be thought of as software entities that have the ability to undertake action autonomously in their particular embedded environment, according to a typically general set of requests or desired goals, and that are able to communicate with other agents as determined by their own initiative. Given an agent-system architecture, we need scenarios that could be applicable for conducting ATAM evaluations on instances of that agent architecture. This report identifies a few features in agent-based systems that could be used to classify agent-system architectures and to guide the generation of scenarios applicable to these architectures.

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SEI

Woods, Steve; & Barbacci, Mario. Architectural Evaluation of Collaborative Agent-Based Systems (CMU/SEI-99-TR-025). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1999. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=13525

IEEE

Woods. Steve, and Barbacci. Mario, "Architectural Evaluation of Collaborative Agent-Based Systems," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-99-TR-025, 1999. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=13525

APA

Woods, Steve., & Barbacci, Mario. (1999). Architectural Evaluation of Collaborative Agent-Based Systems (CMU/SEI-99-TR-025). Retrieved September 16, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=13525

CHI

Steve Woods, & Mario Barbacci. Architectural Evaluation of Collaborative Agent-Based Systems (CMU/SEI-99-TR-025). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1999. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=13525

MLA

Woods, Steve., & Barbacci, Mario. 1999. Architectural Evaluation of Collaborative Agent-Based Systems (Technical Report CMU/SEI-99-TR-025). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=13525