Engineering large-scale distributed auctions

P. Gradwell, M. Oey, R. Timmer, F. Brazier, J. Padget

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The functional characteristics of market-based solutions are typically best observed through the medium of simulation, data-gathering and subsequent visualization. We previously developed a simulation of multiple distributed auctions to handle resource allocation (in fact, bundles of unspecified goods) and in this paper we want to deploy an equivalent system as a distributed application. There are two notable problems with the simulation-first, application-second approach. First, the simulation cannot reasonably take account of network effects. Second, how can one recreate in a distributed application the characteristics demonstrated by the mechanism in the simulation. We describe: (i) the refactorings employed in the process of transforming a uni-processor lock-step simulation into a multi-processor asynchronous system, (ii) some preliminary performance indicators, and (iii) some reflections on our experience which may be useful in building MAS in general.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Belgian-Dutch Conference on Artificial Intelligence, BNAIC 2008
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event20th Belgian-Dutch Conference on Artificial Intelligence, BNAIC 2008 - Enshede, Netherlands
Duration: 30 Oct 200831 Oct 2008


Conference20th Belgian-Dutch Conference on Artificial Intelligence, BNAIC 2008


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