An exploration of bugs and debugging in multi-agent systems

Poutakidis, D, Padgham, L and Winikoff, M 2003, 'An exploration of bugs and debugging in multi-agent systems', in Foundations of Intelligent Systems, Maebashi City, Japan, 28-31 October 2003.

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Title An exploration of bugs and debugging in multi-agent systems
Author(s) Poutakidis, D
Padgham, L
Winikoff, M
Year 2003
Conference name International Symposium on Methodologies for Intelligent Systems
Conference location Maebashi City, Japan
Conference dates 28-31 October 2003
Proceedings title Foundations of Intelligent Systems
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Abstract Debugging multi-agent systems, which are concurrent, distributed, and consist of complex components, is difficult, yet crucial. In earlier work we have proposed mechanisms whereby protocol specifications available from the design process can be used for monitoring the execution of the multi-agent system they describe. Protocol specifications can be used at run-time for reporting any discrepancies in interactions compared to that which was specified. In this paper we describe and categorise a range of bugs found in actual multi-agent systems developed by students in an Agent Oriented Programming and Design class. We then indicate how these bugs manifest to the debugging agent and what information it is able to provide to the user to assist in locating and diagnosing the problem.
Subjects Software Engineering
DOI - identifier 10.1145/860575.860815
Copyright notice © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
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