Published in Proceedings of the 1999 IEEE Conference and Workshop on Engineering of Computer-Based Systems: Nashville, TN, March 7, 1999, pages 196-202. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ECBS.1999.755880.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Franz Kurfess was affiliated with the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Currently, August 2008, he is Professor of Computer Science at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo .
This paper describes a platform-independent application for the monitoring of distributed applications. The tool is intended for system administrators to properly distribute the components of a distributed application onto particular machines. An essential part of this tool is based on intelligent mobile agent technology used to access the target systems. Although a full implementation turned out to be infeasible due to security considerations, the implementation and experimentation indicate the suitability of intelligent agents technology for such purposes.