SSP Group Meeting

11am, 16 May, 2006
Room 4.03, Appleton Tower
CISA, School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh

Agent Based Scientific Workflow composition

Adam Barker

The application of techniques from the multiagent systems community to the Grid is a relatively unexplored research area. Both the agent and Grid communities develop concepts for distributed computing, however they do so from from differing points of view [1]. However in practice, few steps have been taken towards the vision of uniting these two worlds of distributed systems research. My PhD applies the flexible coordination technique of interaction protocols, from the field of multiagent communication, to the problem of Scientific Workflow modelling, found in the Grid community. This has allowed the typical features and requirements  of an e-Science experiment, to be understood in terms of pure coordination and executed in an agent-based, decentralised, peer-to-peer architecture.
[1]  I. Foster, N. Jennings, and C. Kesselman. Brain meets brawn: Why Grid and Agents need each other, 2004.