The RBVO Formation Protocol
by Jiri Vokrinek, Jiri Biba, Jiri Hodik, Jaromir Vybihal
International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering (IJAOSE), Vol. 3, No. 2/3, 2009

Abstract: The proposed protocol has been designed to support the flexible formation of Request-Based Virtual Organisations (RBVOs) with an emphasis on reflecting the conditions of real competitive environments. It supports automated or semi-automated negotiations mainly in the creation part of a Virtual Organisation (VO) life cycle and it accounts for the use of Service Level Agreements (SLAs). The protocol consists of three phases: (1) potential partner search, (2) negotiation of SLAs and the RBVO establishment, and (3) RBVO (execution and) dissolution. The protocol complies with Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents (FIPA) standards and it has been utilised in the multiagent prototype in a real industrial case. The prototype has been implemented on top of a web-service-based agent platform.

Online publication date: Wed, 04-Mar-2009

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