Internet applications with wireless clients, which are rapidly increasing in popularity, face obstacles in terms of performance, reliability, and security. While much can be done to address these problems at the lower layers of the protocol stack, we focus on what can be done at the application level, which is complementary to the lower layer work but also has the advantage that it can be easily be deployed on top of existing or newer wireless Internet infrastructures. We propose that wireless Internet applications be enhanced through the use of a stylized form of mobile agent technology which we call behavior patterns. These are software templates that aid in the construction of these applications, and help in categorizing and constraining their behavior so that agent-hosts (the intermediary machines capable of executing mobile agents), are more willing to accept them for execution and provide them with the appropriate processing and communication resources. This paper provides an overview of the goals and design of this agent behavior pattern architecture, especially as it relates to supporting wireless Internet applications.
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