Agents Over The Grid: An Experience Using The Globus Toolkit 4

TitleAgents Over The Grid: An Experience Using The Globus Toolkit 4
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsCicirelli, F, Furfaro, A, Nigro, L, Pupo, F
Conference NameProc. of the 26th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation (ECMS'2012)
Conference LocationKoblenz, Germany

This paper describes an experience of porting the THEATRE agent architecture on top of the grid. The agent architecture consists of light-weight actors and computational theatres which have been proven to be well suited for modeling and simulation of complex systems. THEATRE nodes act as agencies that provide common services of message scheduling and dispatching to mobile actors. THEATRE is currently implemented in Java and can work with different transport layers and middleware. In the last years it was successfully interfaced to HLA/RTI, Terracotta, Java Sockets and Java RMI. The work described in this paper aims at experimenting with THEATRE over the grid, using in particular the Globus toolkit. The goal is to open THEATRE to the exploitation of virtual organizations of computing resources with secure communications, and to favor simulation interoperability through grid services. The paper summarizes THEATRE, describes a design and prototype implementation of THEATRE on top of the Globus Toolkit 4 (GT4), and demonstrates its practical use by means of a modeling example.