ABACO, Coordination of Autonomous Entities

  • René Schumann
  • Jürgen Sauer
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3550)


This paper presents an approach for the coordination of scheduling systems in production networks, where the schedulers are seen as autonomous entities using different scheduling systems for their own but shall also achieve the common goals of the network. We assume that the order of actions in which to achieve a certain goal is fixed and known. The task is to distribute the actions among the agents, so that the common goal is achieved in an efficient way. ABACO carries out this distributed scheduling, additionally it offers the possibility of reactive scheduling and improving the global schedule. The challenging thereby is to maintain the autonomy of the entities. ABACO was designed to do so. That is why the ABACO method may be useful in other contexts for coordinating the scheduling systems of autonomous agents itself, too.


Communication Server Supply Chain Management Schedule System Production Network Global Schedule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • René Schumann
    • 1
  • Jürgen Sauer
    • 2
  1. 1.OFFISOldenburgGermany
  2. 2.Computer CenterUniversity OldenburgOldenburgGermany

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