Title

Formal verification of negotiation protocols for multi-agent manufacturing systems

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

International Journal of Production Research

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Volume

49

Issue

12

First Page

3669

Last Page

3690

Keywords

Agent based systems, agile manufacturing, process planning, simulation applications, software engineering

Abstract

Formal verification is an important means of tackling behavioural problems such as deadlocks in multi-agent systems. This paper is concerned with the role played by formal verification in the simulation-based performance analysis of multi-agent manufacturing systems. A discrete-event simulation case study is presented to show how varying certain timing parameters of the agent negotiation protocol affects the performance of a multi-agent manufacturing system as well as the chance of getting deadlocks among the software agents. When one tries to determine the optimal values of these timing parameters based on the simulation results, formal verification can help refine the results by confirming whether deadlocks among software agents are indeed possible for particular parameter values. This involves modelling the system's real-time behaviour according to the simulation model and applying the techniques and tools of model checking.

DOI

10.1080/00207543.2010.492407

Print ISSN

00207543

E-ISSN

1366588X

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Recommended Citation

Yeung, W. L. (2011). Formal verification of negotiation protocols for multi-agentmanufacturing systems. International Journal of Production Research, 49(12), 3669-3690. doi: 10.1080/00207543.2010.492407