Fortino, Giancarlo and Garro, Alfredo and Russo, Wilma
An integrated approach for the development and validation of
International Journal of Computer Systems Science & Engineering, 20 (4).
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In this paper, an integrated approach for the development and validation through simulation of multi-agent systems is proposed and exemplified
through a case study concerning with an agent-based consumer-driven e-Marketplace. The approach centres on the instantiation of a software
development process by using the method engineering paradigm. As a distinctive feature this process specifically includes a simulation phase which
makes it possible the validation of a multi-agent system under development before its actual deployment and execution. In particular, the integrated
approach uses the Gaia methodology for the analysis and the design, the Agent UML and the Distilled StateCharts for the detailed design, the MAO
Framework for the neutral-platform implementation of software agents, and a Java-based discrete-event simulation framework for the simulation.
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