2 Topics Peer-to-peer computing –Algorithms & issues –Gnutella –Scalability –Security –Freenet –JXTA –BitTorrent Agent-based computing –Agent communication –Theory of agency –Game theory –Agreements –Voting –Reverse auctions
3 Peer-to-peer: Gnutella How does it work? What are hops and TTLs? How are peers discovered via host caches?
4 Peer-to-peer: Scalability In what ways are Napsters centralised directory and Gnutellas host caches similar? How many messages does it take for a file to be found in a network (with and without super nodes) Topologies
5 Peer-to-peer: BitTorrent How does it work? Whats file swarming? How are files stored and downloaded? Advantages and disadvantages?
6 Peer-to-peer: Freenet Freenet –Whats its main difference (w.r.t. other P2P systems)? –Why is security so important in Freenet? –What is document routing? –How does document routing work?
7 Peer-to-peer: sample question Explain what the Flooded Request Model for Peer-to- Peer computing is and discuss two of its disadvantages. (2006 paper, 5 marks)
8 Peer-to-peer: sample answer Explain what the Flooded Request Model for Peer- to-Peer computing is and discuss two of its disadvantages. (2006 paper, 5 marks) –Describe peers passing on requests to their neighbours if they do not have the resource asked, mention TTL, mention Gnutella –Disadvantages: No guarantee as to how long a search will take; High bandwidth required to process a search query
9 ABC: Preliminaries Software agents vs. conventional software –Autonomy (little or no human intervention) –Proactiveness (does things without being prompted) –Communication Software agents vs. Artificial Intelligence –Related, but not the same Agents: –Reflex –Model-based reflex –Model-based utility-based agent Intentional stance
10 ABC: Tools, languages and case studies Do we need special agent IDEs? –Communication, visualisation, XML parser, etc. –Was JADE+Eclipse any good? –No need to memorise all the tools we saw… Agent-oriented programming –Features needed to program agents (messages) –Are special agent languages needed?
11 ABC: Agent communication Whats needed for two agents to communicate? –Shared syntax –Shared meaning (ontologies) –Shared protocols (types and order of messages) Agent communication languages: –Performatives (speech acts) –KQML –FIPA-ACL –Importance of industrial standards
12 ABC: Agent communication (contd) Protocols: –Not the same as a communication language! –Types and order of messages (and exceptions) Formalisms to represent protocols –Finite automata (pros and cons) –AUML (pros and cons) –Dooley graphs (pros and cons) –Why not Java? Why bother representing protocols? Standardised FIPA protocols
13 ABC: Agent communication (contd) Discuss 3 advantages that AUML has over Finite Automata to represent conversations between agents, and outline 3 weaknesses of AUML (2006, 6 marks) –1 mark for each advantage of AUML over Finite Automata; 1 for each weakness Advantages: –AUML is familiar to software engineers –Availability of UML design tools –AUML captures multithreaded agent communication –Communication with all agents taking on some role may be represented
14 ABC: Agent communication (contd) Discuss 3 advantages that AUML has over Finite Automata to represent conversations between agents, and outline 3 weaknesses of AUML (2006, 6 marks) Weaknesses: –No existential quantification over agent groups –No representation of evolution of conversation –Only legal moves, no exception handling –Scalability: large conversations can be complex (a danger of diagram spaghetti) –Maintenance difficulties
15 ABC: Agent communication (contd) Design a mechanism whereby a broker agent can manage the allocation of tasks to agents: –Tasks are assumed to be independent (i.e. they can be executed in parallel without interference) and identical (i.e. they are all the same type of task). –When requested by the broker, agents will submit proposals to process tasks containing the following information: an integer max indicating the maximum number of independent tasks that the agent is prepared to process before the deadline set by the broker in its call for proposals, and a cost indicating the price that the broker must pay per task that is allocated to that agent. –The broker then decides which sets of tasks to be allocated to which agents. –The agents selected deliver task outputs for those that are complete, and report failure for those tasks that are not complete by the deadline set by the broker. –Finally, payments are made for each completed task
16 ABC: Agent communication (contd) Describe protocol for interaction between the broker and the participating agents.
17 ABC: Agent communication (contd) What are agent communication languages (ACLs)? Why are ACLs important for software agents and multi-agent systems? How do ACLs relate with communication protocols? Define the English Auction protocol using one of the representations for agent communication protocols seen in our lectures List one advantage and one disadvantage of the representation you chose in the previous item
18 ABC: Basic theory of agency States and actions Runs State transformer functions Agents and systems Purely reactive agents Perception Agents with state Utilities Achievement and maintenance tasks
19 ABC: Basic theory of agency See item in this weeks practical Typical question: present a scenario informally and ask you to formalise –States, –Actions, –State transformer functions,
20 ABC: Game theory Outcomes, utility functions Encounters State transformer function Pay-off matrices Dominant strategies Nash equilibrium Competitive and zero-sum interactions Prisoners dilemma/iterated prisoners dilemma Arguments for recovering cooperation Game of chicken Stag hunt
21 ABC: Game theory (contd) See item in this weeks practical
23 ABC: agreements (contd) The Vickrey auction is a one-shot, second-price, sealed-bid price, in which the auctioned item is awarded to the bidder with the highest bid, however the winner pays the second highest bid. Explain why in the Vickrey auction the dominant strategy is to bid truthfully. Hint: Consider the cases of bidders under-bidding and over-bidding and explain their outcomes. (5)
24 ABC: agreements (contd) An electronic auction house wants to combine the English (first-price, open cry and ascending price) and Dutch (open cry, descending price) auctions to speed up the process of selling goods, and guarantee the highest price is reached. The combined auctions work as follows: –The auctioneer will initially use the English auction mechanism (with large increases in price) until no-one bids; –The auctioneer will then start a Dutch auction to find the highest price within the last two price offers (the lowest of which will have a bidder)
25 ABC: agreements (contd) With this scenario in mind you should: 1.Provide an informal description of the auctioneers behaviour, using pseudo-code.(5) 2.Provide an informal description of the bidders behaviour using pseudo-code.(5) 3.Define the communication protocol the agents will follow using one of the formalisms presented in our lectures.(5) 4.Using the pseudo-code of the previous items, provide a sample run of one auctioneer and two bidders competing for an auctioned good. N.B.: Your run should be non-trivial, that is, the auction should not finish immediately due to no-one bidding.(5)
27 ABC: negotiation mechanisms (contd) 4.a(i) The conflict deal. The conflict deal is the allocation of tasks if no agreement is reached during the negotiation mechanism; i.e. the initial allocation of tasks. In this scenario, the conflict deal is FF,VV = (Fraserburgh, Ellon, Aberdeen, Peterhead), ( Inverurie, Ellon, Aberdeen, Peterhead).
28 ABC: negotiation mechanisms (contd) 4.a.(ii) An individual rational deal. An individual rational deal is one that provides an individual with a utility greater than or equal to zero; i.e. the cost of the agent executing the tasks allocated to it in the deal is less than or equal to the cost of the agent executing the tasks in the conflict deal. For example, for FF the deal (Fraserburgh,Ellon), (Inverurie,Ellon,Aberdeen,Peterhead) is individual rational (it costs less than the conflict deal) because FF doesnt have to go to Aberdeen or Peterhead.
29 ABC: negotiation mechanisms (contd) 4.a.(iii) A Pareto optimal deal. A Pareto optimal deal is a deal such that there exists no other deal that weakly dominates it. –In other words, there is no other deal that gives greater utility to one agent without giving a lower utility to another An example of a Pareto optimal deal is (Fraserburgh,Ellon),(Inverurie,Aberdeen,Peterhead)
31 ABC: negotiation mechanisms (contd) 4.c. Freddy and Virginia both employ … Suppose the deals are labelled as follows: 1 = (Fraserburgh),(Inverurie,Ellon,Aberdeen,Peterhead) 2 = (Fraserburgh,Ellon),(Inverurie, Peterhead,Aberdeen) 3 = (Fraserburgh,Aberdeen,Peterhead),(Inverurie,Ellon) 4 = (Fraserburgh,Ellon,Aberdeen,Peterhead),(Inverurie) We refer to Freddy as A and Virginia as B The utilities of these deals for each agent are as follows: u A ( 1 ) = 25 – 12 = 13u B ( 1 ) = 29 – 29 = 0 u A ( 2 ) = 25 – 14 = 11u B ( 2 ) = 29 – 23 = 6 u A ( 3 ) = 25 – 21 = 4u B ( 3 ) = 29 – 15 = 14 u A ( 4 ) = 25 – 25 = 0u B ( 4 ) = 29 – 12 = 17
32 ABC: negotiation mechanisms (contd) Round 1: A offers 1 B offers 4 Round 2: Risk A 2 = 13-0/13 = 1 Risk B 2 = 17-0/17 = 1 Risk A 2 = Risk B 2, so both concede A offers 2 B offers 3
33 ABC: negotiation mechanisms (contd) Round 3: Risk A 3 = 11-4/11 = 7/11 Risk B 3 = 14-6/14 = 4/7 Risk B 3 < Risk A 3, so B concedes A offers 2 B offers 2 Agreement reached; deal = 2
34 ABC: negotiation mechanisms (contd) We can easily check that this is the correct outcome by remembering that the negotiation mechanism results in the deal that maximises the product of the individual utilities: u A ( 1 ) × u B ( 1 ) = 0 u A ( 2 ) × u B ( 2 ) = 66 u A ( 3 ) × u B ( 3 ) = 56 u A ( 4 ) × u B ( 4 ) = 0
35 Overall questions True or false? Justify! Software agents are ordinary computer programs (4) We do not need new languages for programming software agents (4) Agent communication languages (ACLs) specify the order of messages exchanged among agents (4) Agent communication protocols should not be described using a programming language such as Java (4) The English auction protocol isnt vulnerable to collusions (3)
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