David Lillis: Space-Time Diagram Generation for Profiling Multi Agent Systems

Space-Time Diagram Generation for Profiling Multi Agent Systems

Dinh Doan Van Bien, David Lillis and Rem W. Collier

In L. Braubach, J.-P. Briot, and J. Thangarajah, editors, Programming Multi-Agent Systems, volume 5919 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 170--184. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Budapest, Hungary, may 2009.

Abstract

Advances in Agent Oriented Software Engineering have fo- cused on the provision of frameworks and toolkits to aid in the creation of Multi Agent Systems (MAS). However, despite the inherent complexity of such systems, little progress has been made in the development of tools to allow for the debugging and understanding of their inner workings. This paper introduces a novel performance analysis system, named AgentSpotter, facilitates such analysis. AgentSpotter was developed by mapping conventional profiling concepts to the domain of MASs. We outline its integration in to the Agent Factory multi agent toolkit.