JAT:a test automation framework for multi-agent systems

Coelho, Roberta and Cirilo, Elder and Kulesza, Uirá and von Staa, Arndt and Rashid, Awais (2007) JAT:a test automation framework for multi-agent systems. In: Software Maintenance, 2007. ICSM 2007. IEEE International Conference on. IEEE Publishing, FRA, pp. 425-434. ISBN 978-1-4244-1256-3

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Automated tests have been widely used as a supporting mechanism during software development and maintenance activities. It improves the confidence on software releases as it seeks to uncover regression bugs, and serves as a live documentation which is very useful when evolving systems. Concerning multi agent systems (MASs), some characteristics such as agent autonomy and asynchronous message-based interaction bring a degree of non-determinism which presents new testing challenges. This paper proposes JAT, a framework for building and running MASs test scenarios, which relies on the use of aspect-oriented techniques to monitor the autonomous agents during tests and control the test input of asynchronous test cases. The tool has been developed on top of JADE, a widely used agent platform implemented in Java. We have used JAT on testing 3 different MASs. Our experience shows that JAT can be used to build test scenarios which can achieve high fault-detection effectiveness.

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