Debugging and Event Tracing for Multi-Agent Systems

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNA06BA12C
Agency Tracking Number: 054560
Amount: $69,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: A3.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, 20855-2785
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vikram Manikonda
 Principal Investigator
 (301) 294-5245
 vikram@i-a-i.com
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Contracts and Proposals Manage
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Large-scale agent systems have become key tools in modeling and simulation tools such as NASA's Airspace Concept Evaluation System (ACES), an agent-based simulation of the National Airspace System (NAS). However, existing tools for single host debugging and analysis do not address the problem of understanding large distributed systems consisting of thousands of autonomous and independent agents. In this Phase I effort, we propose a distributed debugging and event tracing capability for multi-agent systems advancing the state of the art in development tools for distributed systems. This capability will dramatically reduce the time and effort required to understand and diagnose the behavior of complex, distributed applications. With the proposed innovation, the build and test development cycle for ACES will be dramatically reduced, enabling more functionality to be added in the form of toolboxes with less time spent in expensive system level testing. This will allow more future concepts to be evaluated with ACES in a shorter time ? meeting a critical need for customers such as the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) in their development and analysis of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) concepts using ACES.

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