A Quantitative Analysis of the Contract Net Protocol

Cheng Gu and Toru Ishida

The Contract Net Protocol (CNP) [Smith, 1980] assigns a subtask to agents which are involved in multiagent problem solving. Although the logical aspects of the negotiation protocol have been analyzed, the properties of protocol dynamics remain unclear. This paper introduces our quantitative analysis of protocol dynamics which is essential for constructing continuous reaitime applications.

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