The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

The ARCHON System and its Applications

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.

Record type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


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.

PDF CKBS94.pdf - Other
Download (146kB)

More information

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


Local EPrints ID: 252176
PURE UUID: 97408867-c88d-44eb-a577-083682e708b9

Catalogue record

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

Export record


Author: N. R. Jennings

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.