Title: WAQM: managing QoS in wireless networks by means of an XML-based multiagent system

Authors: Giuseppe Araniti, Pasquale De Meo, Antonio Iera, Domenico Ursino

Addresses: DIMET Dipartimento di Informatica, Matematica, Elettronica e Trasporti, University 'Mediterranea' of Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria, Italy. ' DIMET Dipartimento di Informatica, Matematica, Elettronica e Trasporti, University 'Mediterranea' of Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria, Italy. ' DIMET Dipartimento di Informatica, Matematica, Elettronica e Trasporti, University 'Mediterranea' of Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria, Italy. ' DIMET Dipartimento di Informatica, Matematica, Elettronica e Trasporti, University 'Mediterranea' of Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria, Italy

Abstract: In this paper, we propose WAQM, a novel XML-based multiagent system for Quality of Service (QoS) management in wireless networks. WAQM is characterised by the following features: (i) it handles a user profile and exploits it jointly with suitable network resource management techniques to maximise user satisfaction; (ii) it is semi-automatic; (iii) it exploits XML for guaranteeing a light, versatile and standard mechanism for information representation, storing and exchange. In this paper, the basic features of the system are discussed into detail. Furthermore, the main results of a performance evaluation study aiming at comparing it with alternative agent-based approaches for handling user access to telecommunications networks are reported.

Keywords: middleware; multi-agent systems; quality of service; QoS; UMTS; user profiling; XML; agent-based systems; wireless networks; network resource management; user satisfaction; performance evaluation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWMC.2007.014453

International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing, 2007 Vol.2 No.2/3, pp.132 - 149

Published online: 09 Jul 2007 *

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