The management of mobile agent systems that solve problems in a network is an issue that must be addressed if mobile agents are to be deployed industrially. It is clear that insufficient or excessive numbers of agents can cause the problem solving capabilities of an agent-based system to be impaired. Also, agents being software entities are almost always flawed therefore requiring the upgrade problem to be solved. This paper presents distributed algorithms based upon ant social behaviour that solve the problems of agent density maintenance and the agent upgrade problem.

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Keywords Agent system management, Mobile agents, Self-organizing agents
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Conference The 21st IEEE Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (SRDS-2002)
White, A, Pagurek, B. (Bernard), & Deugo, D. (2002). Management of mobile agent systems using social insect metaphors. In Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (pp. 410–415). doi:10.1109/RELDIS.2002.1180219