Autonomic Network Management Principles

1st Edition

From Concepts to Applications

Editors: Nazim Agoulmine
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123821904
eBook ISBN: 9780123821911
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 3rd November 2010
Page Count: 306
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Autonomic networking aims to solve the mounting problems created by increasingly complex networks, by enabling devices and service-providers to decide, preferably without human intervention, what to do at any given moment, and ultimately to create self-managing networks that can interface with each other, adapting their behavior to provide the best service to the end-user in all situations.

This book gives both an understanding and an assessment of the principles, methods and architectures in autonomous network management, as well as lessons learned from, the ongoing initiatives in the field. It includes contributions from industry groups at Orange Labs, Motorola, Ericsson, the ANA EU Project and leading universities. These groups all provide chapters examining the international research projects to which they are contributing, such as the EU Autonomic Network Architecture Project and Ambient Networks EU Project, reviewing current developments and demonstrating how autonomic management principles are used to define new architectures, models, protocols, and mechanisms for future network equipment.

Key Features

  • Provides reviews of cutting-edge approaches to the management of complex telecommunications, sensors, etc. networks based on new autonomic approaches. This enables engineers to use new autonomic techniques to solve complex distributed problems that are not possible or easy to solve with existing techniques.
  • Discussion of FOCALE, a semantically rich network architecture for coordinating the behavior of heterogeneous and distributed computing resources. This provides vital information, since the data model holds much of the power in an autonomic system, giving the theory behind the practice, which will enable engineers to create their own solutions to network management problems.
  • Real case studies from the groups in industry and academia who work with this technology. These allow engineers to see how autonomic networking is implemented in a variety of scenarios, giving them a solid grounding in applications and helping them generate their own solutions to real-world problems.


Telecommunications engineers and researchers in industry and academia; postgraduate students aiming to develop their knowledge in this emerging area

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Autonomic Concepts Applied to Future Self-Managed Networks

Definition and Scope

Epidemiological Definition of Autonomics

The Need for Autonomic Systems

Automatic, Autonomous and Autonomic Systems

IBM's Application of Autonomics to Computers

IBM Autonomics Computing

From Autonomic Computing to Autonomics Networks

Autonomic (Networking) Design Principles

Living Systems Inspired Design

Policy-Based Design

Context Awareness Design

Self-similarity Design Principle

Adaptive Design 18

Knowledge-Based Design


From Autonomic Networking to Autonomic Networking Management



Chapter 2: Autonomic Overlay Network Architecture


Related Work

Automated Management for Overlay Networks

Autonomic Management

Smart Media Routing and Transport (SMART)

Media Processing Functions

Overlay Routing

Service-Specific Overlay Networks

Overlay Node (ONode) Architecture

Service-Specific Overlay Networks Management

An Autonomic Service Architecture


Autonomic Overlays

Distributed Knowledge



Chapter 3: ANA: Autonomic Network Architecture


Motivation and Aims

Scope and Structure

Core Architectural Abstractions

Basic abstractions

Compartment and Information Channel


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About the Editor

Nazim Agoulmine

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Evry Val d’Essonne, France