Third International Workshop on
[Agent Based Cluster and Grid Computing]
IEEE International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid (CCGrid'2003)
 May 2003, Tokyo, Japan

In cooperation with the IEEE Task Force on Cluster Computing (TFCC) and
Submission Deadline:
December 1, 2002

Notification to authors:
January 15, 2003

Camera ready versions:
February 25, 2003

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Managing access to computing and data resources is a complex and time consuming task. As Grid and Cluster 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. To support these, it is important to develop brokering approaches based on intelligent techniques -- to support service discovery, performance management, and data selection. Intelligent agents provide a useful means to achieve these objectives. An important and emerging area within Grid computing is the role of service ontologies -- especially domain specific ontologies, which may be used to capture particular application needs. Using these, scientists may be able to share and disseminate their data and software more effectively. This has been recognised as being important -- and current efforts towards establishing "Semantic Grids" is a useful first step in this direction.

The agent community on the other hand can find Grid environments useful testbeds to deploy agents on a large scale. Often, within the multi-agent community, agents are restricted to a few 10s of agents -- and often agents undertake identical tasks. To support Grid computing, agents can offer different roles, be organised into regional or national 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 both infrastructure developers, and applications developers, who are working towards the vision of an Information Grid using agent technologies. The workshop will also aim to inspire and encourage collaboration between these two communities.

Workshop Chairs

Omer F. Rana,
Department of Computer Science and Welsh E-Science/Grid Centre
5 The Parade, Cardiff University, UK

Sven Graupner,
Internet and Computing Platforms Research Center
Hewlett Packard Labs,
1501 Page Mill Road, MS 1182, Palo Alto, CA 94304, US

Authors are encouraged to:
  • Submit a full paper (max: 6--8 pages in length, formatted to the IEEE format)
  • Submit a research statement (max: 2 pages in length, formatted to the IEEE format)
Use a minimum of 10pt font, and printable on A4 paper. IEEE guidelines can be found here. Please email your papers to, which is the preferred method for submission. You may also send paper copies to: Omer F. Rana, Department of Computer Science, Cardiff University, 5 The Parade, Cardiff CF24 3XF, UK

Full papers (category (a)) will be reviewed by the programme committee for relevance, clarity and the novelty of results. If accepted, full papers will be published in the conference proceedings by IEEE Computer Society. Authors may purchase two additional pages.

Short papers (category (b)) will be published in a seperate section. This is to encourage work that is not yet advanced enough for a full paper.

We also encourage authors to present novel ideas, critique of existing work, and application examplers, which demonstrate how Grid technology could be effectively deployed. We also welcome practical work which applies Grid technology in novel and interesting ways.

Topics of Interest are divided into two categories:

Scaling agent communities for Global Computing

  • Performance analysis/modeling of multi-agent communities
  • Performance enhancement methodologies for mobile and multi-agent systems
  • Integrating Peer-2-Peer infrastructure with multi-agent systems
  • Agent frameworks and infrastructure to support the Grid
  • Software engineering support for scalable multi-agent systems
  • Support for managing and establishing multi-agent communities
  • Approaches for managing Grid systems (economic/market based, nature-inspired, etc)
Using agent based paradigms to support Grid Environments
  • Supporting service discovery and service management using agent based approaches
  • Recommender agents for scientific problem solving
  • Ontology support for scientific applications
  • Integrating Ontologies with Grid Services
  • Agent based resource and service management in Grid environments
  • Agent based load balancing, and metacomputing support
  • Agent based network monitoring and characterisation
  • Data migration and management via agents
Experience reports and application demonstrators are particularly welcomed

Programme Committee

Geoffrey Fox,
University of Indiana, US

Jose Cunha,
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

David Walker,
Cardiff University, UK

William E. Johnston,
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
and NASA Ames, US

Anupam Joshi,

Michael Schroeder,
City University, UK

Tatsuya Suda,
UC Irvine, US

Andrea Omicini,
University of Bologna, Italy

Lin Padgham, Michael Winikoff,
RMIT, Australia

Beniamino Di Martino,
Seconda Universita' di Napoli, Italy

Luc Moreau,
University of Southampton, UK

Line Pouchard,
Oak Ridge National Lab, US

Nina Berry, Carmen Pancerella,
Sandia National Lab, US

Marcin Paprzycki,
Oklahoma State University, US

John Morrison,
University College Cork, Ireland

Robert Hercock, Paul Marrow
BT Labs, UK

Michael Kirton,
Qinetiq, UK

Luciano Serafini,

Valentina Tamma,
University of Liverpool, UK

Matthias Klusch,
DFKI, Germany

Niranjan Suri,
U West Florida, US

Leandro Navarro,
UPC, Spain

Steven Willmott,
UCB, Spain

Michael Gerndt,
TUM, Germany

Benno Overeinder,
Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands

Piyush Mehrotra,
NASA Langley, US

Martin Purvis,
University of Otago, New Zealand

David Pynadath,
ISI, University of Southern California, US

Andrew Wendelborn,
University of Adelaide, Australia

Michael Oudshoorn,
University of Adelaide, Australia

This workshop is sponsored by:
Technology Partners]

[Hewlett Packard]