The ARCHON System and its Applications

Jennings, N. R. (1994) The ARCHON System and its Applications. In, 2nd Int. Conf. on Cooperating Knowledge Based Systems (CKBS-94), Keele, UK, , 13-29.


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ARCHON™ (ARchitecture for Cooperative Heterogeneous ON-line systems) was Europe’s largest project in the area of Distributed Artificial Intelligence (DAI). It devised a general-purpose architecture, software framework, and methodology which has been used to support the development of DAI systems in a number of real world industrial domains. Some examples of the applications to which it has been successfully applied include: electricity distribution and supply, electricity transmission and distribution, control of a cement kiln complex, control of a particle accelerator, and control of a robotics application. The type of cooperating community that it supports has a decentralised control regime and individual problem solving agents which are large grain, loosely coupled, and semi-autonomous. This paper will tackle a broad range of issues related to the application of ARCHON technology to industrial applications. Firstly, it gives the rationale for a DAI approach to industrial applications and highlights the characteristics which typify this important domain. Secondly, the ARCHON framework is detailed - with a special emphasis being placed upon the implementation architecture. Thirdly, a brief resumee and status report of the main applications is presented. Finally, the lessons learned and the future plans are presented.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Agents, Interactions & Complexity
ePrint ID: 252176
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Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2002
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:53
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