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On the Use of Agents in a Bioinformatics Grid
Moreau, Luc and Miles, Simon and Goble, Carole and Greenwood, Mark and Addis, Matthew and Alpdemir, Nedim and Cawley, Rich and deRoure, Dave and Ferris, Justin and Gaizauskas, Rob and Glover, Kevin and Greenhalgh, Chris and Li, Peter and Liu, Xiaojian and Lord, Phillip and Luck, Michael and Marvin, Darren and Oinn, Tom and Paton, Norman and Pettifer, Stephen and Radenkovic, Milena V and Roberts, Angus and Robinson, Alan and Rodden, Tom and Senger, Martin and Sharman, Nick and Stevens, Robert and Warboys, Brian and Wipat, Anil and Wroe, Chris (2003) On the Use of Agents in a Bioinformatics Grid. In: Proceedings of the third IEEE/ACM CCGRID'2003 workshop on Agent Based Cluster and Grid Computing, Tokyo, Japan.
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MyGrid is an e-Science Grid project that aims to help biologists and bioinformaticians to perform workflow-based in silico experiments, and help them to automate the management of such workflows through personalisation, notification of change and publication of experiments. In this paper, we describe the architecture of myGrid and how it will be used by the scientist. We then show how myGrid can benefit from agents technologies. We have identified three key uses of agent technologies in myGrid: user agents, able to customize and personalise data, agent communication languages offering a generic and portable communication medium, and negotiation allowing multiple distributed entities to reach service level agreements.
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