Effect of alternative distributed task allocation strategy based on local observations in contract net protocol

Toshiharu Sugawara, Kensuke Fukuda, Toshio Hirotsu, Satoshi Kurihara

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a distributed task allocation method whose strategies are alternatively selected based on the estimated workloads of the local agents. Recent Internet, sensor-network, and cloud computing applications are large-scale and fully-distributed, and thus, require sophisticated multi-agent system technologies to enable a large number of programs and computing resources to be effectively used. To elicit the capabilities of all the agents in a large-scale multi-agent system (LSMAS) in which thousands of agents work concurrently requires a new negotiation strategy for appropriately allocating tasks in a distributed manner. We start by focusing on the contract net protocol (CNP) in LSMAS and then examine the effects of the awardee selection strategies, that is, the task allocation strategies. We will show that probabilistic awardee selections improve the overall performance in specific situations. Next, the mixed strategy in which a number of awardee selections are alternatively used based on the analysis of the bid from the local agents is proposed. Finally, we show that the proposed strategy does not only avoid task concentrations but also reduces the wasted efforts, thus it can considerably improve the performance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Pages90-104
    Number of pages15
    Volume7057 LNAI
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event13th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems, PRIMA 2010 - Kolkata
    Duration: 2010 Nov 122010 Nov 15

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Volume7057 LNAI
    ISSN (Print)03029743
    ISSN (Electronic)16113349

    Other

    Other13th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems, PRIMA 2010
    CityKolkata
    Period10/11/1210/11/15

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    Task Allocation
    Multi agent systems
    Network protocols
    Alternatives
    Multi-agent Systems
    Large-scale Systems
    Cloud computing
    Mixed Strategy
    Sensor networks
    Cloud Computing
    Sensor Networks
    Internet
    Workload
    Observation
    Strategy
    Resources
    Computing

    Keywords

    • Adaptive Behavior
    • Distributed task allocation
    • Load-balancing
    • Negotiation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science(all)
    • Theoretical Computer Science

    Cite this

    Sugawara, T., Fukuda, K., Hirotsu, T., & Kurihara, S. (2012). Effect of alternative distributed task allocation strategy based on local observations in contract net protocol. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 7057 LNAI, pp. 90-104). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 7057 LNAI). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-25920-3_7

    Effect of alternative distributed task allocation strategy based on local observations in contract net protocol. / Sugawara, Toshiharu; Fukuda, Kensuke; Hirotsu, Toshio; Kurihara, Satoshi.

    Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Vol. 7057 LNAI 2012. p. 90-104 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 7057 LNAI).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Sugawara, T, Fukuda, K, Hirotsu, T & Kurihara, S 2012, Effect of alternative distributed task allocation strategy based on local observations in contract net protocol. in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). vol. 7057 LNAI, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), vol. 7057 LNAI, pp. 90-104, 13th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems, PRIMA 2010, Kolkata, 10/11/12. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-25920-3_7
    Sugawara T, Fukuda K, Hirotsu T, Kurihara S. Effect of alternative distributed task allocation strategy based on local observations in contract net protocol. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Vol. 7057 LNAI. 2012. p. 90-104. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-25920-3_7
    Sugawara, Toshiharu ; Fukuda, Kensuke ; Hirotsu, Toshio ; Kurihara, Satoshi. / Effect of alternative distributed task allocation strategy based on local observations in contract net protocol. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Vol. 7057 LNAI 2012. pp. 90-104 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)).
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