CAULDRONS: An Abstraction for Concurrent Problem Solving
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This research extends a tradition of distributed theories of mind into the implementation of a distributed problem solver. In this problem solver a number of ideas from Minsky's Society of Mind are implemented and are found to provide powerful abstractions for the programming of distributed systems. These abstractions are the cauldron, a mechanism for instantiating reasoning contexts, the frame, a way of modularly describing those contexts and the goal-node, a mechanism for bringing a particular context to bear on a specific task. The implementation of both these abstractions and the distributed problem solver in which they run is described, accompanied by examples of their application to various domains.
cauldrons, problem solving, distributed AI