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Agent-Based Service-Oriented Computing

Griffiths, Nathan, Chao, Kuo-Ming (Eds.)

2010, XIII, 270p. 144 illus., 72 illus. in color.

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  • Provides an overview of the related technologies and insight into state-of-the-art research results in the field – both academic and industry developments
  • Offers insights into the potential future directions of the topic
  • Bridges existing technological gaps between agents and SOC
  • Presents the various stages in the life cycle of service-oriented software development

Distributed software systems are becoming evermore prevalent, and we increasingly desire them to operate in heterogeneous, dynamic, and open environments. Service-oriented computing (SOC) has emerged over recent years as a successful approach for building and maintaining such systems. However, as the environments in which we require systems to operate become more complex, we require software components to have increasing degrees of flexibility, autonomy, and intelligence. Agent-based systems naturally complement SOC by offering the intelligence and reasoning capabilities that are needed.

The integration of agents and SOC is a broad and active research area. This book is a collection of chapters from experts in the field, that gives an overview of the state-of-the-art in the main areas of current research, and identifies likely future directions. Researchers, students and practitioners will find this book a useful insight into the current state-of-the-art. The book also includes a general introduction the basic notions of SOC for readers who are unfamiliar with the approach.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Internet - Ontologie - Service-oriented Computing - agents - artificial intelligence - business process - data structure - distributed systems - evolution - modeling - semantic web - service-oriented architecture - software agent - web service - web services

Related subjects » Artificial Intelligence - Business Information Systems - Information Systems and Applications - Software Engineering

Table of contents 

1. Introduction 1.1 Distributed Systems 1.2 Software Agent 1.3 Service-Oriented Architecture 1.4 Modelling Methodologies 1.5 Supporting Development Platform 1.6 Agents and SOA Standards 1.7 Overview of Chapters 1.8 Conclusion 2. Service Advertisement and Discovery 2.1 Introduction to Service Advertisement and Discovery 2.2 Basic Technologies 2.3 Web service registry architectures 2.4 Data Structures 2.5 System Requirements 2.6 Advertisement and Discovery Services 2.7 Agents in Service Advertisement and Discovery 2.8 Challenges in Service Advertisement and Discovery 2.9 Summary 3. Multi-Agent Coordination for Service Composition 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Preliminaries 3.3 Related Work 3.4 Architecture of MQSC 3.5 Service Composition Generation 3.6 Service Composition Deployment and Execution 3.7 Case Study 3.8 Conclusion and Future Work 4. Flexible Workflow Management in Service Oriented Environments 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Orchestration and Choreography 4.3 Workflow and Web Services 4.4 The Role of Agents in Service-Based Business Processes 4.5 Dynamic Workflows 4.6 Summary and Outlook 5. Semantics for Service-Oriented Architectures 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Web Services and SOA 5.3 Semantic Web Services 5.4 Semantic Techniques for Automating SOA 5.5 Conclusions and Outlook 6. Dependability in Service-Oriented Computing 6.1 Introduction 6.2 Service-Oriented Architecture 6.3 Models 6.4 Dependability Enhancement in a Service-Oriented Architecture 6.5 Dependability Evaluation 6.6 Case Studies 6.7 Conclusions 7. Consensus Issues for Service Advertisement and Selection 7.1 Introduction 7.2 Existing Solutions for Web Service Selection 7.3 The Proposed QoS-aware Services Selection Model 7.4 Two Numerical Cases 7.5 Discussion 7.6 Conclusion 8. Trust and Reputation 8.1 Introduction 8.2 Trust and Reputation 8.3 Agents and Service-Oriented Computing 8.4 Trust Classes and Ontologies 8.5 Summary 9. QoS-Aware Service Selection 9.1 Introduction 9.2 Service Selection Procedure 9.3 Case Study - Selection of Switching Service 9.4 Performance Evaluation 9.5 The Selection of Switching Services 9.6 Summary 10. Future Directions 10.1 Introduction 10.2 Trust and Reputation 10.3 Contract-based Systems 10.4 Service Accountability

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