Autonomic systems are ones that exhibit some level of self-management in terms of being self-configuring, self-healing, self-optimising and self-protecting. Such systems are able to monitor and analyse both their internal state, e.g. component failures, and their operational context, e.g. peaks in network load, and formulate and execute plans to modify their behaviour in pursuit of high level goals specified by human operators. The benefit of such self-management is the reduction expensive and error prone human involvement in the administration of complex systems and, thereby, a potentially dramatic reduction in their operating costs.
KDEG is particularly focused on the following aspects of this area:
- Autonomic systems in the Telecommunications and Pervasive Computing domains - these converge in our current study of Dynamic Spectrum Access
- The on-going interaction between an autonomic system and its human governors, a process we term the Autonomic Governance Dynamic.
- The role of autonomic system in adding value in domains were rapid innovation of new service are required while simultaneously delivering low operational cost.
- The communal governance of autonomic system using policy-based management.
- The delivery of heterogeneous context to the diverse autonomic elements, using Knowledge Based Networking
Through its involvement in the ACCA project, KDEG was a founding member of the Autonomic Communications Forum and has been active in these areas through international workshops and journal special issues.