Title: The design and implementation of an agent-based auction service

Authors: Adriana Dobriceanu, Laurentiu Biscu, Amelia Badica, Costin Badica

Addresses: Software Engineering Department, University of Craiova, Bvd. Decebal 107, Craiova, RO-200440, Romania. ' Software Engineering Department, University of Craiova, Bvd. Decebal 107, Craiova, RO-200440, Romania. ' Business Information Systems Department, University of Craiova, Str. A.I. Cuza 13, Craiova, RO-200585, Romania. ' Software Engineering Department, University of Craiova, Bvd. Decebal 107, Craiova, RO-200440, Romania

Abstract: In this paper, we present the architecture, design and implementation of an agent-based service for automated auctions. The presentation covers the conceptual architecture, types of agents, agent communication and design and implementation issues. The experimental results to assess the performance of the service in terms of latency and throughput as functions of the number of auction participants and number of simultaneously active auctions are also included. The results confirmed that while the solution allows an increased level of flexibility and reusability as compared with existing approaches, it still suffers from performance and scalability problems that we plan to address in the near future.

Keywords: software agents; auction services; protocol; auctions; latency; throughput; flexibility; reusability; performance; scalability; agent-based systems; multi-agent systems; MAS.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAOSE.2009.023633

International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, 2009 Vol.3 No.2/3, pp.116 - 134

Published online: 04 Mar 2009 *

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