OAA® Documentation and Distribution


General Documentation

This section lists some high-level documentation that should help you understand OAA and the concepts of delegated computing. Technical documentation (e.g., a Developer's Guide) is provided in the distribution pages.

OAA 2.3.2 Distribution and Documentation

The OAA 2.3.2 distribution provides binaries and source code for all agent libraries, the facilitator, a number of tools and a sample application composed of several agents.

Starting with version 2.3.2, OAA is released under the GNU Lesser General Public License.

Earlier Releases of OAA 2

OAA 1.0 Distribution and Documentation

OAA 2 capabilities and design embody significant changes and improvements over OAA 1.0, and OAA 2 is better documented and supported. However, OAA 1.0 does provide libraries for more programming languages, so if you are willing to live with all the caveats version 1.0 comes with, you are welcome to make use of it.

The OAA 2.x Facilitator provides backward compatibility such that OAA 1.0 and OAA 2.x agents can co-exist under an OAA 2.x Facilitator. (Note that for backwards compatibility, it is necessary to use the 2.x Quintus-generated facilitator. For more on this, see doc/README_RUNTIME.txt in the current distribution.)


General Documentation

These materials contain high-level documentation that should help you understand OAA and the concepts of delegated computing. Release-specific technical documentation (e.g., a Developer's Guide) is provided in the distribution pages, which can be accessed using the links given above.

Technical Whitepaper

This whitepaper outlines the vision of the Open Agent Architecture and "Delegated Computing." This is also a good document to see for a comparison of OAA and other distributed technologies.

The whitepaper is available in HTML form.

What's new in OAA 2?

This document provides a brief overview of the improvements that have been made in OAA 2 compared with version 1.0. This document is available in HTML form.

OAA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The FAQ contains general questions and answers about the Open Agent Architecture. The FAQ is available only in HTML form.

OAA 2 Papers

The most comprehensive paper to date provides a detailed look at OAA 2, its motivations, and some applications:

This paper is available in [HTML], PDF (400K), and GNU-compressed PostScript.

Other papers may be accessed by clicking here (same as the Publications link in the left frame).

OAA Presentation Slides

OAA Videos

The following videos show OAA in action, and may contribute to your understanding about how OAA is different from other distributed infrastructures.



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