[Software] Thompson, S.
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The ZEUS toolkit, which provides a library of software components and tools that facilitate the rapid design, development and deployment of agent systems.
Zeus is an open source Java based agent platform developed by British Telecommunication and it can be obtained from http://labs.bt.com/projects/agents/zeus/ free of charge under BT ZEUS open source license.
Agents are programmed in a graphical environment using tasks, relations, etc. and Java agent code is automatically generated.
There is a support for White and Yellow pages services.
Messaging is based on an old version of FIPA ACL and it is not fully FIPA compliant. Also, SL content language is not supported.
Ontology is supported by built-in editor and it is actively used for an agent programming.
There is no support for mobility.
There is a very good debugging support.
Unfortunately, the platform offers poor scalability and communication speed.
Each agent is a standalone Java program, which can represent a very serious restriction.
There are user defined time grains that represent a link between units of time and actions, but correct setting of this time grain can be very problematic and incorrect one may lead to undesired behavior.
Application Areas: Tool/System Development
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