I. Vlahavas, N. Bassiliades, I. Sakellariou, et al., “ExperNet: An Intelligent Multi-Agent System for WAN Management”, IEEE Intelligent Systems, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 62-72, 2002.
Author(s): I. Vlahavas, Nick Bassiliades, I. Sakellariou, et al.
Keywords: Distributed Artificial Intelligence, Expert System, Intelligent Agents, Network Management, Active Knowledge Base System, Distributed Prolog.
Abstract: This paper describes ExperNet, an intelligent multi-agent system that was developed under an EU funded project to assist in the management of a large-scale data network. ExperNet assists network operators at various nodes of a WAN to detect and diagnose hardware failures and network traffic problems and suggests the most feasible solution, through a web-based interface. ExperNet is composed by intelligent agents, capable of both local problem solving and social interaction among them for coordinating problem diagnosis and repair. The current network state is captured and maintained by conventional network management and monitoring software components, which have been smoothly integrated into the system through sophisticated information exchange interfaces. For the implementation of the agents, a distributed Prolog system enhanced with networking facilities was developed. The agent's knowledge base is developed in an extensible and reactive knowledge base system capable of handling multiple types of knowledge representation. ExperNet has been developed, installed and tested successfully in an experimental network zone of Ukraine.