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Thoughts on the Role of Autonomic Computing for Cognitive Networks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000144800D
Original Publication Date: 2006-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2007-Jan-16

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

John Strassner: AUTHOR

Abstract

This was an invited panel presention on how autonomic computing principles apply to Cognitive Networking. Given at CrownCOM in Greece, June 2006.

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Thoughts on the Role of Autonomic Computing for Cognitive Networks

John Strassner

Fellow of the Technical Staff and Director, Autonomic Computing Motorola Labs, 1301 East Algonquin Road, MS IL02-2240 Schaumburg, IL 60196 USA
Email: john.strassner@motorola.com

Associate Professor, Waterford Institute of Technology

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Observations on Seven Trends (1)

Separating service from transport

- Lots of people and fora trying to do this... - ...but without solid foundation, it won't work


* Need common information model
* Need abstractions to relate business goals to services
* Need common way to represent semantics

System diversification

- Requires patterns and abstraction mechanisms to treat services and resources as "lego building blocks"

Smarter devices

- Answer is NOT to assume that a device is omniscient!
- Rather, make it "smart enough" to communicate effectively with management applications

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Observations on Seven Trends (2)

Mass customization and personalization

- Too hard to do now, due to lack of solid foundation
- How to allow personalization while maintaining interoperability?

End-user simplicity

- Must switch from device- to task-centric interfaces

Environmental sensing

- Context awareness drives policy changes which in turn drive functionality changes

Security and reliability

- Need to ensure that above 6 trends do not leave devices and services "unmanageable"

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Autonomic Research Challenges

Current approaches are not good enough at managing complexity

- Business usually left out, leaving the network divorced from business goals and operation

- Not enough attention given to semantics and dependencies between components

- Policy management is not sufficiently developed to help
- Learning and adaptation are largely not present

How do we incorporate changing knowledge?

- It is impossible to define all system states and all data that is of interest to management applications

- We need flexibility for hypothesizing problems and solutions, and adding/removing good/bad knowledge

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