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Translating strong mobility into weak mobility. (English) Zbl 1052.68816
Picco, Gian Pietro (ed.), Mobile agents. 5th international conference, MA 2001, Atlanta, GA, USA, December 2–4, 2001. Proceedings. Berlin: Springer (ISBN 3-540-42952-2). Lect. Notes Comput. Sci. 2240, 182-197 (2001).
Summary: Mobile agents are software objects that can be transmitted over the net together with data and code, or can autonomously migrate to a remote computer and execute automatically on arrival. However many frameworks and languages for mobile agents only provide weak mobility: agents do not resume their execution from the instruction following the migration action, instead they are always restarted from a given point.
In this paper we present a purely syntactic translation process for transforming programs that use strong mobility into programs that rely only on weak mobility, while preserving the original semantics. This transformation applies to programs written in a procedural language and can be adapted to other languages, like Java, that provide means to send data and code, but not the execution state. It has actually been exploited for implementing our language for mobile agents X-KLAIM, that has linguistic constructs for strong mobility.
For the entire collection see [Zbl 0979.68612].

68U99 Computing methodologies and applications
68T01 General topics in artificial intelligence
68M14 Distributed systems
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