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    Javanoginn: Java Network Optimization with Genetic Internet Neural Networks. paper Matthew C. Scott, EDA Lead Engineer, Burr-Brown Corp, scott_matthew@bbrown.com
ABSTRACT :  This paper investigates and conceptualizes a fully integrated, layered architecture of adaptive intelligent agents in a network ecosystem as means of simultaniously optimizing network routing and supporting the knowledge management of massively distributed data and applications on the internet. Several paradigms are developed including: An optimization of network routing system using Genetic Algorithms and Agents, an ecosystem of various task-specific classes of Adaptive Agents, and a self-organizing hierarchical neural operating system with coupled loops providing central pattern generators. The target application is a Global Neural Internet which can assimilate, correlate and manage WWW knowledge as a dynamic, real-time and transparent Internet overlay. 
 
 Coordination of Distributed Problem Solving in Multiagent Systems. paper Matthew C. Scott, EDA Lead Engineer, Burr-Brown Corp, scott_matthew@bbrown.com
ABSTRACT:  This paper investigates various popular means of coordinating multiagent distributed problem solving systems, their philosophies, enabling technologies and target applications. It is found that the literature is very broad and convoluted on the subject, with many domain specific solutions, yet little theoretical work in mapping the general problem models to the best algorithm classes. A survey is made of the more prevalent techniques and corrolaries are investigated. The paper concludes with a discussion of the authors various distributed computing projects and a review of the coordination protocols which were, or could be, used in each system.

Intelligent Agents for Knowledge Management In Complex Engineering Environments. paper Matthew C. Scott, EDA Lead Engineer, Burr-Brown Corp, scott_matthew@bbrown.com
 ABSTRACT:   This literature review investigates the emerging paradigm of Intelligents Agents in distributed computing, search and optimization as applied to the task of Knowledge Management in complex Electronic Design Automation environments. In particular, the use of Intelligent Agents as mediators between the various intelligence enabling technologies such as expert systems, neural networks and genetic algorithms, is surveyed. In conclusion, a proposed Agent-Ecosystem is presented with Personal Assistant Liaison's as agent brokers. 

On the Epistemology and Management of Electronic Design Automation Knowledge. paper
Abstract: This paper presents a study of the origins, nature, and ontology of knowledge inherent in Electronic Design Automation environments and surveys the application of knowledge management techniques to same.  It will be shown that this particular discipline can benefit from a full gamut of knowledge management enabling technologies including Java, CORBA, intelligent agents, expert systems and genetic algorithms. In particular, an integration of JESS (an OPS5 based Java Expert System Shell), ObjectSpaces's Voyager ( a 100% java ORB with built-in mobile agent support), Ontolingua (a KIF/CLISP parser), and genetic algorithms is presented for an agent-based knowledge management architecture which works over a distributed expert system's knowledge base. In such, if the knowledge/rules maintained by the ES define the best practices and workflows of an EDA environment, then it is reasonable to imbue intelligent mobile agents with the power of a genetic algorithm to generate optimal design flows based on multi-objective constraint optimizations derived from the knowledge elements provided in a distributed knowledge base.  A familiarty with the fundamentals of Java, CORBA, intelligent agents, expert systems, VLSI design, genetic algorithms and distributed computing paradigms is assumed of the target audience. An overview of these technologies is provided in the paper "BB2000, Toward a Streamlined Distributed Design Environment". The results herein describe how adding the AI techniques of Knowledge Management to BB2000 effectively bring it the quickening breath of life!

BB2000: Towards a Streamlined Distributed Design Environment. paper
Abstract:  This paper presents a feasibility and implementation study of a novel methodology for streamlining the execution of components in Electronic Design Automation systems. Using the new paradigm of executable workflows, a Java based distributed object computing environment is proposed with a CORBA  backplane and Autonomous and sometimes Mobile Agents as mediators of transactions. A thourough assesment is developed with consideration of the requirements and limitations of an EDA environment within a heterogenous networked computing environment and many loosely coupled programs and multimedia data objects in the mix. A focus will be given to the implementation of a Distributed Simulation Environment for transistor-level and DEVS Discrete Event Simulator. Given that the proposed system is a global design cycle management system, much emphasis has been placed upon reviewing all of the alternatives and the involved costs and benefits. Just as there is a plethora of EDA tools on the market, there is likewise a multitude of means of developing distributed multimedia management systems that needs to be considered. 
 


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