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The ARCHON System and its Applications

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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.

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

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Published date: 1994
Venue - Dates: 2nd Int. Conf. on Cooperating Knowledge Based Systems (CKBS-94), United Kingdom, 1994-01-01
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 252176
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/252176
PURE UUID: 97408867-c88d-44eb-a577-083682e708b9

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Date deposited: 05 Dec 2002
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:06

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Author: N. R. Jennings

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