Agent-based distributed systems are increasingly used in variousapplication domains, where autonomy, proactivity and cooperationare required. Correspondingly, the demands on the quality of the deliveredagents are growing. However, testing remains a challenging activityand systematic and automated approaches are still missing.We propose a novel framework for the continuous testing of multi-agentsystems. In this framework, test cases are continuously generated andexecuted. Two techniques for the automated, continuous generation oftest cases are investigated in this paper: (1) random; (2) evolutionarymutation. Preliminary experimental results, obtained on a case study, areencouraging and indicate that continuous testing can exercise a multiagentsystem more effectively than under the usual time constraints ofmanual testing.

Automated Continuous Testing of Multi-Agent Systems

Nguyen, Duy Cu;Perini, Anna;Tonella, Paolo
2007

Abstract

Agent-based distributed systems are increasingly used in variousapplication domains, where autonomy, proactivity and cooperationare required. Correspondingly, the demands on the quality of the deliveredagents are growing. However, testing remains a challenging activityand systematic and automated approaches are still missing.We propose a novel framework for the continuous testing of multi-agentsystems. In this framework, test cases are continuously generated andexecuted. Two techniques for the automated, continuous generation oftest cases are investigated in this paper: (1) random; (2) evolutionarymutation. Preliminary experimental results, obtained on a case study, areencouraging and indicate that continuous testing can exercise a multiagentsystem more effectively than under the usual time constraints ofmanual testing.
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