Agent based Grid Computing
6th IEEE International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid (CCGrid'2006)
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Notification to authors: 27th January 2006
Camera ready versions: 15th February 2006
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Grid Computing is an active research area which promises to provide a flexible infrastructure for complex, dynamic and distributed resource sharing. Recent research on Grid has largely focused on issues of performance, scalability and standardisation. Managing access to computing and data resources is a complex and time consuming task. As Grid computing matures, deciding which systems to use, where the data resides for a particular application domain, how to migrate the data to the point of computation (or vice versa), and data rates required to maintain a particular application "behaviour" become significant. There are still issues to be tackled such as: semantically enhanced service descriptions and specification of resources, autonomy, collaboration and economic models, self-organisation and learning, intelligence and adaptability. Many of these research areas offer new opportunities to Grid Computing researchers. Some have already been addressed within the multi-agent systems community.
Agent and multi-agent technologies provide a promising approach to make Grid technologies and solutions based on Grid and Cluster technologies smarter, more flexible, and adaptable. Often, within the multi-agent community, agents are restricted to small numbers of agents -- and often agents undertake similar tasks. To support Grid computing, agents can offer different roles, be organised into dynamic "groups", and be able to migrate between groups to support load balancing. Therefore agents could play an important role in Grid Computing, and Grid Computing can offer useful testbeds for investigating Agent services. The Grid is not only a low level infrastructure for supporting computation, but can also facilitate and enable information and knowledge sharing at the higher semantic levels, to support knowledge integration and dissemination.
The aim of this workshop is to bring together infrastructure developers, applications developers, and researchers, who are working towards the vision of a Grid using agent and multi-agent based technologies. The workshop will also aim to inspire and encourage collaboration between these two communities.
Authors are encouraged (but not restricted) to submit in the following areas:
Omer F. Rana,