Technology Neutral Principles and Concepts for Autonomic Networking

  • Sven van der Meer
  • Joel Fleck
  • Martin Huddleston
  • Dave Raymer
  • John Strassner
  • Willie Donnelly
Part of the Whitestein Series in Software Agent Technologies and Autonomic Computing book series (WSSAT)


The 2006 MACE workshop [1, 28] has presented the drivers and challenges of Autonomic Networking [2] and fostered an understanding of emerging principles for this new type of networks [3]. In this paper, we present concepts and principles that define a technological neutral, architectural perspective of Autonomic Networks. The work presented in largely based on work within the Architecture team of the TeleManagement Forum (Technological Neutral Architecture, [4]) and joined research work of industrial and academic research teams (for example Ericsson [5], HP & QinetiQ [6] and Motorola [7]). The goal of this paper is to provide the reader with manageability guidelines and architectural patterns leading to the development of manageable autonomic software and communication systems. We present a component-based, distributed system architecture and an associated set of critical system services that Autonomic Networks require. Since we tackle the problem from a technologically neutral angle, this paper will not prescribe a single new technology, but rather provide a means that allows for federating different technologies, each of which offers particular advantages at business and system levels. In particular, it enables business concepts and principles to drive system design and architectures. This may be further implemented using currently available distributed systems information technologies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sven van der Meer
    • 1
  • Joel Fleck
    • 2
  • Martin Huddleston
    • 3
  • Dave Raymer
    • 4
  • John Strassner
    • 4
  • Willie Donnelly
    • 1
  1. 1.Telecommunications Software & System GroupWaterford Institute of TechnologyWaterfordIreland
  2. 2.Hewlett-Packard CompanyBridgewaterUSA
  3. 3.Applications & Services GroupQinetiQFarnborough HantsUK
  4. 4.Motorola LabsMotorola IncSchaumburgUSA

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