The resource contention problem in control systems based on software agents occurs when agents with different goals compete with each other, to control a shared resource. In this paper we propose the counter-proposal protocol, a negotiation protocol that resolves the resource contention problem in control systems based on software agents. The protocol is evaluated by an example of a real control problem. The evaluation of the example demonstrates that the protocol is able to find acceptable solutions between competing software agents, if they exist. The focus of this paper is to present the design and implementation of the protocol.
Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems Aamas2010: Workshop Ac - Agent Communication, 2010, p. 37-89
Negotiation, Communication protocols, Resource contention, Software engineering
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The 9th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, 2010