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AutorenLars Braubach, Alexander Pokahr, Julian Kalinowski, Kai Jander
TitelTailoring Agent Platforms with Software Product Lines
Publiziert inProceedings of Eleventh German conference on Multi-Agent System TEchnologieS (MATES-2015) (Best Paper Award)
ZusammenfassungAgent platforms have been conceived traditionally as middleware, helping to deal with various application challenges like agent programming models, remote messaging, and coordination protocols. A middleware is typically a bundle of functionalities necessary to execute multi-agent applications. In contrast to this traditional view, nowadays different use cases also for selected agent concepts have emerged requiring also different kinds of functionalities. Examples include a platform for conducting multi-agent simulations, intelligent agent behavior models for controlling non-player characters (NPCs) in games and a lightweight version suited for mobile devices. A one-size-fits-all software bundle often does not sufficiently match these requirements, because customers and developers want solutions specifically tailored to their needs, i.e. a small but focused solution is frequently preferred over a bloated software with extraneous functionality. Software product lines is an emerging approach suitable for creating a series of similar products from a common code base. In this paper we will show how software product line modeling and technology can help creating tailor-made products from multi-agent platforms. Concretely, the Jadex platform will be analyzed and a feature model as well as an implementation path will be presented.
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