Architecture for Cooperative Heterogeneous Online Systems


ARCHON - 2256

Keywords knowledge-based systems, multi-agent systems


Start Date: 01-JAN-89 / Duration: 60 months

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Objectives and Approach

ARCHON aimed to develop an architecture, software framework and methodology for multi-agent systems for real-world industrial applications in the area of power system control supervision.

The following activities were undertaken to achieve this aim: identifying suitable DAI and distributed database concepts and implementation of these in C++ as working software - the Abstract Machine; building appropriate domain systems for the demonstration of applications and for testing and evaluating the Abstract Machine; and designing and implementing the ARCHON tools, accompanied by a well-defined and usable methodology on how to apply the ARCHON framework to an application.

Progress and Results

The project has produced a cooperation environment which is of proven use in control and supervision applications.

The software environment is composed of development tools and fully integrated software supporting cooperation.

The applications-oriented results cover several domains:

Exploitation

All the companies involved in the ARCHON project are now beginning to market the ARCHON results. At the same time, they are undertaking further development of the system and embarking on additional feasibility studies. ARCHON is now seen as an enabling technology for the integration of an organisation's data and process resources.

As an aid to this approach to the market, the companies are in a position to work with a small number of third-party research institutes (industrial as well as academic) to test the software in new environments. Such third-party institutes will be chosen on the basis of their commitment to examine the use of distributed artificial intelligence in established application areas. Software will be provided free on the basis of limited time licences for the mutual benefit of both parties. Each partner in the ARCHON consortium is able and willing to enter into such a relationship.

The distribution of the full ARCHON software base as well as of the partial software sub-systems is envisaged.

The Abstract Machine C software is distributed with a license server and a PC-based lightweight version is being designed and implemented. The incorporation of ARCHON in open distribution platforms is investigated.

The IBERDROLA application has been installed online at the Central Power Dispatch Centre in Bilbao to support the operators during the course of disturbances.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Rainer Buttgereit
ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GMBH
Sebaldsbrücker Heerstr. 235
D - 2800 BREMEN 44
tel: + 49/ 421-457-3589
fax: + 49/ 421-457-2911
telex: 2457460 KA D
email: but@arch1.atlas.de

Participants

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GMBH - D - C
AMBER SA - GR - P
EA TECHNOLOGY LTD - UK - P
FRAMENTEC-COGNITECH - F - P
IBERDROLA - E - P
QUEEN MARY & WESTFIELD COLLEGE - UK - P
UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO - P - P
CAP VOLMAC - NL - P
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM - NL - P
CERN - CH - P
CEC - ISPRA JRC - I - A
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
OF ATHINAI - CNRG - GR - A
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES - B - A
LABEIN - E - A


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ARCHON - 2256, December 1993


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