AgentScape Operating System: Kernel and System Services

For an overview of AgentScape, please go here. For questions on using AgentScape, please go to the AgentScape forum.

AgentScape release 2.0 (Oct 2014)

After 6 milestones (milestone 6 was silently released in July 2014), AgentScape 2.0 has been released.

As always, to install this version use the generic AgentScape installer which can be downloaded from this site.
A brief overview of the changes are:

  • Autowiring of service bindings (@AutoService) and config parameters (@AutoParam)
  • Agent close/continuation rules (can keep agent alive after run() finishes)
  • Agent name service (extension to directory service)
  • Proper startup and shutdown semantics
  • Agent container recovery (agent restart on middleware restart)
  • Testing framework and utilities
  • Removed org.iids.aos.log -> now using SLF4j with logback as default logger
  • Blackboard service separated into modules that can be used without agentscape
  • Configuration of local services (for example: DirectoryService for filtering)
  • Bug fixes and stability fixes

AgentScape release Milestone 5 (July 2013)

Here is another milestone release for AgentScape. The generic AgentScape installer
can now install this new version. A brief overview of the changes are:

  • Fixes and optimizations too numerous to mention
  • Enhancements to secure version of AgentScape
  • Logging per-agent and per-service
  • Servlet Service: now supports HTTPS
  • Blackboard Service: supports distribution via hazelcast

In addition, there is now a maven plugin for installing agentscape, services & agents.

Enjoy!

Demonstration at the 8th International Conference on Geo-information for Disaster Management (Gi4DM)

The 8th International Conference on Geo-information for Disaster Management (Gi4DM) was held on 13-14 December, 2012 in Enschede, The Netherlands. During this conference a demonstration was given of an Agent-Based Information Infrastructure for Disaster Management. This infrastructure is based on AgentScape. This work was part of the SlimVerbinden project, sponsored by NL Agency.

AgentScape release Milestone 4 (April 2012)

Earlier this year we quietly released the Milestone 4 version of AgentScape. We consider M4 a 'minor' release. Meanwhile, although we are now almost ready to release Milestone 5, we still want to give you an overview of the changes that are already available in M4:

Maven:
- revised/fixed project structure.
- added archetypes for agent + services.
- added special parent projects for agent/service/component.
- support for snapshot repositories.

Kernel:
- bidirectional connection use.

AgentScape general:
- now Java6+ only.
- Revised and improved lifecycle management (eg. message handling).
- Improved thread management.
- Local services framework: ThreadService, TimerService and DirectoryService.
- AgentScape configuration editor.
- deprecated injector.jar and asstartup.jar.

XSD handling:
- support for multiple locations in the agentscape configuration file.

Tutorial on Supporting large-scale, distributed multi-agent systems at EASSS 2012

As part of the 14th European Agent Systems Summer School 2012 in Valencia, Spain,
a tutorial was given on supporting large-scale, distributed multi-agent systems.

The tutorial featured a demonstration of the AgentScape multi-agent middleware.

The slides of the tutorial are available here.

New release AgentScape 2 Milestone 3 (April 29, 2011)

A new release of AgentScape has just been released: Agentscape 2 Milestone 3 (r5088).
You can download this release from the sidebar or from the downloads page.

This 'Milestone 3' version includes bug fixes & updates to the core middleware, as well as a number of new & improved features such as Web Service Gateway, a new configuration mechanism, and initial support for security mechanisms. For more information about the updates, see http://www.agentscape.org/development.

This release is not compatible with AgentScape 0.9.x.

A summary of some of the main changes are:

  • Web-Service Gateway
  • Distributed Naming and Directory service
  • Security Architecture
  • XML-based AgentScape configuration mechanism
  • New AgentScape administration API
  • Bug-fixes and documentation

You can download this release from the sidebar or from the downloads page.

New release AgentScape 2 Milestone 2 (October 12, 2010)

A new release of AgentScape has just been released: Agentscape 2 Milestone 2 (r4578).
You can download this release from the sidebar or from the downloads page.

This 'Milestone 2' version includes bug fixes & updates to the core middleware, as well as a number of new & improved features such as a blackboard service, a directory service, and an updated servlet service. For more information about the updates, see http://www.agentscape.org/development.

This release is not compatible with AgentScape 0.9.x.

A summary of some of the main
changes are:

  • Blackboard service
  • Naming and Directory service
  • Revised Servlet service
  • API changes
  • Bug-fixes and documentation

You can download this release from the sidebar or from the downloads page.
For more information go to the AgentScape forum.

New release AgentScape 2 Milestone 1 (April 19, 2010)

A new release of AgentScape has just been released: Agentscape 2 Milestone 1 (r4054).
You can download this release from the sidebar or from the downloads page.

This release is not compatible with AgentScape 0.9.x and is not recommended for
regular use. AgentScape 2 is going to be a complete rewrite of AgentScape. This first
milestone has focused on the core of AgentScape. A summary of some of the main
changes are:

  • Split core-AgentScape functionality from extensions
  • New Service Architecture
  • Changes to the API
  • New build-environment: Maven based instead of ant
  • New AgentScape website and documentation

You can download this release from the sidebar or from the downloads page.
For more information go to the AgentScape forum.

AgentScape Workshop @D-CIS Labs (April 19, 2010)

The workshop focuses on

- AgentScape RD plan
- AgentScape Milestone 1 Release

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