David Lillis: Delivering Multi-agent MicroServices Using CArtAgO

Delivering Multi-agent MicroServices Using CArtAgO

Eoin O'Neill, David Lillis, Gregory M. P. O'Hare and Rem W. Collier

In Engineering Multi-Agent Systems (EMAS 2020), volume 12589 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 1--20. Springer International Publishing, 2020.


This paper describes an agent programming language agnostic implementation of the Multi-Agent MicroServices (MAMS) model - an approach to integrating agents within microservices-based architectures. In this model, agents, deployed within microservices, expose aspects of their state as virtual resources that are externally accessible using REpresentational State Transfer (REST). Virtual resources are implemented as CArtAgO artifacts, exposing their state to the agent as a set of observable properties. Coupled with a set of artifact operations, this enables the agent to monitor and manage its own resources. In the paper, we formally model our approach, defining passive and active resource management strategies, and illustrate its use within a worked example.