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《Computer Science》 2008-01
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Applying Agent to Web Services:a Survey

XU De-Zheng1,2 BAI Xiao-Ying1 DAI Gui-Lan2(Department of Computer Science and Technology,Tsinghua University,Beijing 100084)1(Research Institute of Information Technology,Tsinghua University,Beijing 100084)2  
A Web Service is a self-contained software component that reflects the Service-Oriented Architectural(SOA)approach,enabling cross-platform integration by standard Web-based protocols.While an Agent is an intelligent software entity that is capable of independent action providing controlled access to shared services and resources.Web Services share many similarities to Multi-Agent System(MAS)in architecture,paradigm and technology.The trustworthiness is a key issue in the tremendous growth of Web Services.And collaborative distributed test for Web Services becomes a great challenge.This paper is going to discuss the commonness of Web Services and Agent,and briefly summarize how Agent can be utilized to add value to Web Services,which promotes cross-fertilization of techniques between these two areas.Due to the open,dynamic and collaborative nature of Web Service test,regarding the autonomy,reactivity,pro-activity and social ability of Agent,this paper proposes a Multi-Agent based Service Testing(MAST)framework,and discuss its key technology.
【Fund】: 国家自然科学基金项目(60403022)资助
【CateGory Index】: TP393.09
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