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From fault classification to fault tolerance for multi-agent systems

Author: Katia Potiron; Amal El Fallah Seghrouchni; Patrick Taillibert
Publisher: London : Springer, 2013.
Series: SpringerBriefs in computer science.
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Faults are a concern for Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) designers, especially if the MAS are built for industrial or military use because there must be some guarantee of dependability. Some fault classification exists for classical systems, and is used to define faults. When dependability is at stake, such fault classification may be used from the beginning of the system's conception to define fault classes and specify  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katia Potiron; Amal El Fallah Seghrouchni; Patrick Taillibert
ISBN: 9781447150459 1447150457
OCLC Number: 848279995
Description: vii, 90 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: References --
2.1.Multi-Agent System and Agents --
2.2.Agents and Faults --
2.3.Agents and Fault Tolerance --
References --
3.1.Conventional Fault Classification --
3.2.Existing Faults in MAS --
3.2.1.Conventional Faults Relevance for MAS --
3.2.2.Reported Handled Faults in MAS --
References --
4.1.The First Attribute Issue --
4.2.Agent Centered Analysis --
4.3.System Centered Analysis --
4.4.Faults Review --
4.5.Validity of This Approach --
4.5.1.Faults Comparison --
4.5.2.Analysis of the Difference Between Faults --
4.6.Preliminary Conclusion --
References --
5.1.Context --
5.1.1.Faults Leading to EMP --
5.1.2.Consequences --
5.2.Related Work --
5.3.A Handler for the Agents --
5.3.1.Analysis of the EMP --
5.3.2.Solution Key Idea --
5.3.3.Formal Description --
5.3.4.Conversation Formalism --
5.4.Effectiveness --
5.5.Using the Resend Performative --
5.5.1.Integration Resend into Agent Conversations --
5.5.2.Integration in the Agents --
Contents note continued: 5.6.Discussion on Some Aspects of Resend --
5.6.1.Resend Only Once --
5.6.2.The Case of Event Perception Instead of a Message --
5.6.3.Experiments Feedback --
References --
6.1.Fault Specification Phase --
6.1.1.The Specification Phase of the Entire System --
6.1.2.The Dispatching Phase Among the System Entities --
6.1.3.Comments on the Specifications --
6.2.Handler Specification Phase --
6.2.1.Handlers Comparison: An Example --
6.2.2.Analysis of Handlers and Detection Means --
6.2.3.Choice and Monitoring of Handlers --
References --
7.1.Summary --
7.2.Future Work --
7.2.1.Unforeseen Faults --
7.2.2.Diagnosis for the Choice of a Fault Handler --
7.2.3.Resend Automation --
7.2.4.Prospects About Persistent Faults.
Series Title: SpringerBriefs in computer science.
Responsibility: Katia Potiron, Amal El Fallah Seghrouchni, Patrick Taillibert.
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Faults are a concern for Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) designers, especially if the MAS are built for industrial or military use because there must be some guarantee of dependability. Some fault classification exists for classical systems, and is used to define faults. When dependability is at stake, such fault classification may be used from the beginning of the system's conception to define fault classes and specify which types of faults are expected. Thus, one may want to use fault classification for MAS; however, From Fault Classification to Fault Tolerance for Multi-Agent Systems argues that working with autonomous and proactive agents implies a special analysis of the faults potentially occurring in the system. Moreover, the field of Fault Tolerance (FT) provides numerous methods adapted to handle different kinds of faults. Some handling methods have been studied within the MAS domain, adapting to their specificities and capabilities but increasing the large amount of FT methods. Therefore, unless being an expert in fault tolerance, it is difficult to choose, evaluate or compare fault tolerance methods, preventing a lot of developed applications from not only to being more pleasant to use but, more importantly, from at least being tolerant to common faults. From Fault Classification to Fault Tolerance for Multi-Agent Systems shows that specification phase guidelines and fault handler studies can be derived from the fault classification extension made for MAS. From this perspective, fault classification can become a unifying concept between fault tolerance methods in MAS.

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