On the Enactability of Agent Interaction Protocols: Toward a Unified Approach

Angelo Ferrando, Michael Winikoff, Stephen Cranefield, Frank Dignum, Viviana Mascardi

Interactions between agents are usually designed from a global viewpoint. However, the implementation of a multi-agent interaction is distributed. This difference can introduce issues. For instance, it is possible to specify protocols from a global viewpoint that cannot be implemented as a collection of individual agents. This leads naturally to the question of whether a given (global) protocol is enactable. We consider this question in a powerful setting (trace expression), considering a range of message ordering interpretations (what does it mean to say that an interaction step occurs before another), and a range of possible constraints on the semantics of message delivery, corresponding to different properties of underlying communication middleware.

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