Distributed Artificial Intelligence by Les Gasser and Michael N. Huhns (Auth.)

By Les Gasser and Michael N. Huhns (Auth.)

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5. ClcNet is the space of alt possible histories of the system. 3 Discussion: What is a Protocol? Traditionally, a protocol specifies who can say what to whom and the possible reactions to what is said by the other party. Smith gives a formal syntactic specification of the contract net protocol by defining the possible types of messages that can be sent. 29 Informally, he describes the semantics and pragmatics of the messages, as well as the linguistic role strategies, by describing the procedures that determine the reactions of an agent to any given message.

We simplify the example by identifying task and bid specifications, referring to them by Task. For example, a bid is of the form Bid(Task), where Bid is the speech act type and Task is the bid/task specification. (b) The referential interpretation: Ref{ Task) Ç Actions. Ref{ Task) consists of the possible action-situations of doing the task. In [Smith 1980] this is done by a task processor, part of a node, that carries out the computation associated with user tasks. (c) The pragmatic interpretation: Given information state Icontractor, i.

Pednault 1985] E. P. D. Pednault, "Preliminary Report on a Theory of Plan Synthesis," Technical Note 358, Artificial Intelligence Center, SRI International, Menlo Park, California, 1985. [Rosenschein 1986] J. S. D. Thesis, Stanford University, 1986. [S. Rosenschein 1986] S. J. Rosenschein, "Formal Theories of Knowledge in AI and Robotics," Technical Note 362, Artificial Intelligence Center, SRI International, Menlo Park, California, 1986. [Smith 1980] R. G. Smith, "The Contract Net Protocol: High-Level Communication and Control in a Distributed Problem Solver," IEEE Transactions on Computers, Vol.

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