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Italy : Mobile agent environments in intelligent networks.

Main Objective

Based on results from other ACTS projects, such as INSIGNIA and EXODUS, MARINE will investigate enhancements to the Intelligent Network (IN) architecture by means of flexible allocation of service control resources. Fixed network services as well as mobility aspects will be considered. The project will develop prototypes of enhanced IN equipment incorporating Distributed Processing Environment (DPE) and Mobile Agent (MA) technologies. Part of the IN core functionality will be redefined by means of the MA/DPE paradigm. In particular, Service Logic will be specified and implemented as CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture) objects able to move across the network and to be executed on different platforms. The added flexibility is expected to overcome bottlenecks currently present in the IN architecture, thus producing a more powerful network able to tailor the redistribution of its functionality according to service needs. The architecture developed will be validated by means of experiments.

Technical Approach

The project focuses on the enhancement of traditional IN by providing a higher degree of flexibility in the allocation of intelligence for service control between the IN elements. This is done on the basis of a distributed computational paradigm, incorporating MA technology, which models the interactions between IN elements in order to avoid a rigid binding of service control functionality to specific network elements.

MARINE will develop prototypes of IN core systems, such as Service Control Points (SCPs) and Service Switching Points (SSPs), providing the runtime environment for the execution of machine-independent Service Logic Programs (SLPs) downloaded from the network. The architecture adopted will allow these SLPs to be executed either directly on the switches or on the SCPs, depending on service needs in terms of required delays, reliability and computational resources.

The added flexibility will help to achieve a better exploitation of the computational resources available within the network and to spread network-provided services to a higher number of users. This is particularly important in a broadband environment, where complex services, both in terms of connection topology and resources requirements, are offered to the users. The project considers an integrated IN/B-ISDN environment as the starting point. MA and DPE technologies provide the technical basis for the needed IN enhancements. MARINE will not develop terminals and related applications but will use available equipment. Services will selected from INSIGNIA and EXODUS, the main selection criterion being adequate exploitation of MA/DPE capabilities in the enhanced environment. Core network enhancements aiming at a flexible provision of services for both fixed and mobile users are the focus of the project. These enhancements will be

country :Italy

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Date:Feb 4, 2013
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