Towards goal-based autonomic networking

Berglund, Åsa and Bjurling, Björn and Dantas, Ramide and Engberg, Susanne and Giambiagi, Pablo and Ohlman, Börje (2009) Towards goal-based autonomic networking. In: Third International Workshop on Distributed Autonomous Network Management Systems, 30 Nov 2008, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.



The ability to quickly deploy and efficiently manage services is critical to the telecommunications industry. Currently, services are designed and managed by different teams with expertise over a wide range of concerns, from high-level business to low level network aspects. Not only is this approach expensive in terms of time and resources, but it also has problems to scale up to new outsourcing and/or multi-vendor models, where subsystems and teams belong to different organizations. We endorse the idea, upheld among others in the autonomic computing community, that the network and system components involved in the provision of a service must be crafted to facilitate their management. Furthermore, they should help bridge the gap between network and business concerns. In this paper, we sketch an approach based on early work on the hierarchical organization of autonomic entities that possibly belong to different organizations. An autonomic entity governs over other autonomic entities by defining their goals. Thus, it is up to each autonomic entity to decide its line of actions in order to fulfill its goals, and the governing entity needs not know about the internals of its subordinates. We illustrate the approach with a simple but still rich example of a telecom service.

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Deposited On:22 Jan 2009
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