PASSIM: a simulation-based process for the development of multi-agent systems

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Massimo Cossentino, Giancarlo Fortino, Alfredo Garro, Samuele Mascillaro, Wilma Russo
International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering 2(2), pages 132-170

This paper presents the Process for Agent Specification, Simulation and Implementation (PASSIM), a simulation-based development process for Multi-agent Systems (MASs), which was obtained by integrating the well-known and established Process for Agent Societies Specification and Implementation (PASSI) methodology and a Statecharts-based simulation methodology supporting functional and nonfunctional validation of the MAS being developed. PASSIM can be effectively used as an experimental tool in the context of Agent Oriented Software Engineering (AOSE) for evaluating the benefits of using simulation for MAS development. To exemplify this process and demonstrate its effectiveness, a case study concerning the analysis, design and simulation of a complex MAS implementing an agent-based e-marketplace is defined and detailed.

keywordsmulti-agent systems; MASs; agent-oriented software engineering; AOSE; discrete-event simulation; method engineering; agent-based systems; agent specification; agent simulation; agent implementation; e-marketplace.
journal or series
book International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering (IJAOSE)