What is Cougaar?
Welcome to the Cognitive Agent Architecture (Cougaar) Open Source Project site. Cougaar is a Java-based architecture for the construction of large-scale distributed agent-based applications. It is a product of two consecutive, multi-year DARPA research programs (UltraLog) into large-scale agent systems spanning eight years of effort. The first program conclusively demonstrated the feasibility of using advanced agent-based technology to conduct rapid, large scale, distributed logistics planning and replanning. The second program developed information technologies to enhance the survivability of these distributed agent-based systems operating in extremely chaotic environments.
The resultant architecture, Cougaar, provides developers with a framework to implement large-scale distributed agent applications with minimal consideration for the underlying architecture and infrastructure. The Cougaar architecture uses the latest in agent-oriented component-based design and has a long list of powerful features.
In addition to the core architecture, documentation, and installers you will find here, this site contains a variety of demonstration, visualization and management components to simplify the development of complex, distributed applications.
The community will continue to provide periodic stable releases of the Cougaar Core Architecture as needed and agreed upon as a group. The vibrancy and evangelism of Cougaar is in the hands of you, the open source Cougaar user and developer.
The released version of the system is 12.7.
This web site is where one can download Cougaar, overarching documentation such as the API, Developer’s Guide, and published papers. The source for components of the standard Cougaar is in GIT and available via the Downloads page.
Cougaar is released under a generous open source (BSD-based) License. It allows freedom to develop any commercial proprietary applications you like. It only asks that you contribute back to the community any modifications you make to the core architecture.
Contributions and Comments
Contribute back your ideas! Cougaar is wholly supported by you, the open source developer. Comments can be made on our forums (though registration on the forums is restricted due to spam bot activity, sorry).