OMG Agent Working Group
Minutes of Meeting #2
November 9-10, 1998
Minutes: Stephen McConnell (OSM)
co-chairs: Stephen McConnell
(OSM) and Craig Thompson (OBJS)
Agent Working Group reports to ECDTF
and Internet PSIG
OMG document ec/98-12-01
OMG Agent WG homepage: http://www.objs.com/agent
Meeting attendance list unavailable at time of writting.
Number of attendies in the order of 20 people on both Monday and Tuesday
Presentations of the Negotiation Facility Pre-Final Submission
to the Working Group by Stephen McConnell
The presentation covered the submissions approach to collaborative process
management, the usage of CosNotification style event model, collaboration
models supporting bilateral and multilateral agreement and promissory controls.
On conclusion of the presentation questions here presented and recommendations
made concerning improvements. The list of issues to be dealt with that
was established at the end of the meeting covered (a) completion of the
event structure specifications, (b) updating documentation to be UML compliant,
(c) inclusion of a glossary.
Broadcom FIPA Platform
David Kerr, from Broadcom (an Irish Telecom company)
presented their work on an FIPA Platform based on an OMG infrastructure.
The presentation commenced with a focus on the overlap between FIPA and
the OMG. The presentation raises as a contentious issue the mandating of
IIOPP as a communications infrastructure. During the presentation it was
noted that no agent platform use IDL to define behavior or shell. David
noted basic requirements for an Agent Platform covering distribution, scalability,
language independence, services and language bindings. He went to present
basic agent service requirements, including agent management, third-party
software integration, and interoperability. Through the presentation the
key strengths of OMG and FIPA were presented, followed by a detailed description
of the Broadcom implementation. David wrapped up the presentation with
a position statement outlining the complimentarily between OMG and FIPA
and suggestions on actions areas with the Agent WG.
The remainder of the meeting (Monday late afternoon and
Tuesday afternoon) focussed on discussion amongst the participants concerning
areas of interest/priority in respect to the Agent Working Group and future
issuance of RFPs. The Monday session raised issued covering extension to
the FIPA IDL, agents versus objects, relationship to MASIF, directories,
catalogues, brokerage, declaration (or delineation) of facilities (service
capability), a UML profile for agents, objects with goals, and relationship
During Tuesday afternoon things started to converge during
a working session in which a series of seven points were established and
agreed as being a basis for a greenpaper. The list identified those functional
areas required for agent systems, and the corresponding CORBA service that
are either existing standards or currently under adoption process.
Seven Point List:
Messages with well defined semantics.
Able to explicity represent and manipulate goals.
Internal temporal context (related to process cetric life and virtual existance).
continuation characterisitcs [a.k.a. BOCA DuringBlock]
Is a principal as in identity under principal security context.
Comprehension of the environment.
James Odell to expand the seven points a prepare a first
draft of the greenpaper for presentation at the Washington Meeting.
Stephen McConnell to schedule speakers at Washington Meeting
covering CosNotification, Async. Messaging and XMI.