Journal of Network and Systems Management

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 650–676 | Cite as

Federation Lifecycle Management Incorporating Coordination of Bio-inspired Self-management Processes

  • Brian Meskill
  • Sasitharan Balasubramaniam
  • Rob Brennan
  • Kevin Feeney
  • Brendan Jennings


As it has evolved, the Internet has had to support a broadening range of networking technologies, business models and user interaction modes. Researchers and industry practitioners have realised that this trend necessitates a fundamental rethinking of approaches to network and service management. This has spurred significant research efforts towards developing autonomic network management solutions incorporating distributed self-management processes inspired by biological systems. Whilst significant advances have been made, most solutions focus on management of single network domains and the optimisation of specific management or control processes therein. In this paper we argue that a networking infrastructure providing a myriad of loosely coupled services must inherently support federation of network domains and facilitate coordination of the operation of various management processes for mutual benefit. To this end, we outline a framework for federated management that facilitates the coordination of the behaviour of bio-inspired management processes. Using a case study relating to distribution of IPTV content, we describe how Federal Relationship Managers realising our layered model of management federations can communicate to manage service provision across multiple application/storage/network providers. We outline an illustrative example in which storage providers are dynamically added to a federation to accommodate demand spikes, with appropriate content being migrated to those providers servers under control of a bio-inspired replication process.


Network management Federation Bio-inspired processes IPTV content distribution 



This work has been funded by Science Foundation Ireland via the “FAME” Strategic Research Cluster, grant no. 08/SRC/I1403.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Meskill
    • 1
  • Sasitharan Balasubramaniam
    • 1
  • Rob Brennan
    • 2
  • Kevin Feeney
    • 2
  • Brendan Jennings
    • 1
  1. 1.TSSG, Waterford Institute of TechnologyWaterfordIreland
  2. 2.KDEG, School of Computer Science and StatisticsTrinity College DublinDublin 2Ireland

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