FOUNDATION FOR INTELLIGENT PHYSICAL AGENTS

 

 

FIPA Nomadic Application Support
Monitor Agent Specification

 

Document title

FIPA Nomadic Application Support Monitor Agent Specification

Document number

OC00062D

Document source

FIPA Nomadic Application Support

Document status

Obsolete

Date of this status

2001/08/10

Supersedes

None

Contact

fab@fipa.org

Change history

2000/08/04

Document made obsolete by FIPA00014

2001/08/10

Line numbering added

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000 Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents - http://www.fipa.org/

Geneva, Switzerland

Notice

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Contents

1 Scope. 3

2 Monitor Agent Ontology. 3

2.1 Object Descriptions. 3

2.1.1 Service Description. 3

2.2 Function Descriptions. 3

2.2.1 Request Monitoring Information. 3

2.2.2 Subscribe to Changes. 3

3 Examples. 3

4 References. 3


1         Scope

This document is part of the FIPA specifications and deals with agent middleware to support applications in nomadic environment. This specification also forms part of the FIPA Nomadic Application Support Specification [FIPA00066] and contains specifications for:

 

         Monitor Agent (MA) functionality.


2         Monitor Agent Ontology

2.1        Object Descriptions

This section describes a set of frames that represent the classes of objects in the domain of discourse within the framework of the FIPA-Nomadic-Application ontology.

 

The following terms are used to describe the objects of the domain:

 

         Frame. This is the mandatory name of this entity that must be used to represent each instance of this class.

 

         Ontology. This is the name of the ontology, whose domain of discourse includes the parameters described in the table.

 

         Parameter. This is the mandatory name of a parameter of this frame.

 

         Description. This is a natural language description of the semantics of each parameter.

 

         Presence. This indicates whether each parameter is mandatory or optional.

 

         Type. This is the type of the values of the parameter: Integer, Word, String, URL, Term, Set or Sequence.

 

         Reserved Values. This is a list of FIPA-defined constants that can assume values for this parameter.

 

2.1.1          Service Description

This type of object represents the description of each service registered with the DF.

 

Frame

Ontology

service-description

FIPA-Nomadic-Application

 

Parameter

Description

Presence

Type

Reserved Values

name

The name of the service.

Mandatory

String

fipa-mts-monitor

type

The type of the service.

Mandatory

String

fipa-ma

ontology

A list of ontologies supported by the service.

Optional

Set of String

FIPA-Nomadic-Application

protocol

A list of interaction protocols supported by the service.

Optional

Set of String

 

properties

A list of properties that discriminate the service.

Optional

Set of property

 

 

2.2        Function Descriptions

The following tables define usage and semantics of the functions that are part of the FIPA-Nomadic-Applicationontology.

 

The following terms are used to describe the functions of the FIPA-Nomadic-Application domain:

 

         Function. This is the symbol that identifies the function in the ontology.

 

         Ontology. This is the name of the ontology, whose domain of discourse includes the function described in the table.

 

         Supported by. This is the type of agent that supports this function.

 

         Description. This is a natural language description of the semantics of the function.

 

         Domain. This indicates the domain over which the function is defined. The arguments passed to the function must belong to the set identified by the domain.

 

         Range. This indicates the range to which the function maps the symbols of the domain. The result of the function is a symbol belonging to the set identified by the range.

 

         Arity. This indicates the number of arguments that a function takes. If a function can take an arbitrary number of arguments, then its arity is undefined.

 

2.2.1          Request Monitoring Information

Function

qos-information

 

Ontology

FIPA-Nomadic-Application

 

Supported by

MA

 

Description

An agent asks for quality of service information from an MA using the FIPA-Query interaction protocol (see [FIPA00027]). The agent may specify either a communication channel or transport protocol to request quality of service information from.

Domain

comm-channel / transport-protocol, qos (see [FIPA00065])

Range

qos

Arity

2

 

2.2.2          Subscribe to Changes

Function

qos-notification

 

Ontology

FIPA-Nomadic-Application

 

Supported by

MA

 

Description

An agent subscribes to notifications about changes to the quality of service from an MA using the FIPA-Subscribe interaction protocol (see [FIPA00035]).

Domain

comm-channel, qos, change-constraints / time-constraints

Range

qos

Arity

3

 


3         Examples

1.       An MA registers with a DF (see [FIPA00023]):

 

(request

:sender

(agent-identifier

:name ma@foo.com

:addresses (sequence http://foo.com/acc))

:receiver (set

(agent-identifier

:name df@foo.com

:addresses (sequence http://foo.com/acc)))

:language FIPA-SL0

:protocol FIPA-Request

:ontology FIPA-Agent-Management

:content

(action

(agent-identifier

:name df@foo.com

:addresses (sequence http://foo.com/acc))

(register

(df-agent-description

:name

(agent-identifier

:name ma@foo.com

:addresses (sequence http://foo.com/acc))

:services (set

(service-description

:name fipa-mts-monitor

:type fipa-ma

:ontology (set FIPA-Nomadic-Application))))))))

 

2.       An agent wants to know the current round-trip time of communication channel named GPRS:

 

(query-ref

:sender

(agent-identifier

:name agent@foo.com

:addresses (sequence http://foo.com/acc))

:receiver (set

(agent-identifier

:name ma@bar.com

:addresses (sequence http://bar.com/acc)))

:ontology FIPA-Nomadic-Application

:language FIPA-SL2

:protocol FIPA-Query

:content

(iota ?x

(qos-information

(comm-channel

:name GPRS)

(qos

:rtt

(time-value

:direction Inbound

:value ?x)))))

 


3.       An agent wants to know the current throughput of WAP MTP (see [FIPA00076]):

 

(query-ref

:sender

(agent-identifier

:name agent@foo.com

:addresses (sequence http://foo.com/acc))

:receiver (set

(agent-identifier

:name ma@bar.com

:addresses (sequence http://bar.com/acc)))

:ontology FIPA-Nomadic-Application

:language FIPA-SL2

:protocol FIPA-Query

:content

(iota ?x

(qos-information

(transport-protocol

:name fipa.mts.mtp.wap.std)

(qos

:throughput

(rate-value

:direction Outbound

:value ?x))))

 

4.       An agent wants to get notifications about the quality of service every time the throughput drops below 1 Mbits/s or goes above 2 Mbits/s:

 

(subscribe

:sender

(agent-identifier

:name ma@bar.com

:addresses (sequence http://bar.com/acc))

:receiver (set

(agent-identifier

:name agent@foo.com

:addresses (sequence http://foo.com/acc)))

:ontology FIPA-Nomadic-Application

:protocol FIPA-Subscribe

:language FIPA-SL2

:content

(iota ?x

(qos-notification

(comm-channel

:name GSM)

(qos

:throughput

(rate-value

:direction Outbound

:value ?x))

(change-constraint

:value

(or

(<

(qos

:throughput

(rate-value

:unit Mbits/s

:value 1

:direction Outbound)))

(>

(qos

:throughput

(rate-value

:unit Mbits/s

:value 2

:direction outbound))))))))


4         References

[FIPA00023] FIPA Agent Management Specification. Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents, 2000. http://www.fipa.org/specs/fipa00023/

[FIPA00027] FIPA Query Interaction Protocol Specification. Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents, 2000. http://www.fipa.org/specs/fipa00027/

[FIPA00035] FIPA Subscribe Interaction Protocol Specification. Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents, 2000. http://www.fipa.org/specs/fipa00035/

[FIPA00065] FIPA Nomadic Application Support Ontology Specification. Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents, 2000.
http://www.fipa.org/specs/fipa00065/

[FIPA00066] FIPA Nomadic Application Support Specification. Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents, 2000.
http://www.fipa.org/specs/fipa00066/

[FIPA00076] FIPA Agent Message Transport Protocol for WAP Specification. Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents, 2000.
http://www.fipa.org/specs/fipa00076/