A key challenge for the telecommunications industry is to deliver and manage end-to-end communications services over an interconnected, but heterogeneous, networking infrastructure. The Federated, Autonomic Management of End-to-end communication services (FAME) Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) will develop autonomic management solutions incorporating new semantic analysis techniques, that can be applied to build federated network and service management systems that understand changes in the environment and coordinate their actions to reconfigure network resources and services to effectively deliver services on an end-to-end basis. FAME brings together academics and industry specialists in the management of communications networks and services. This project is pushing the barriers of what is technically possible in terms of allowing forms of self-management, allowing some parts of a network, and some services that run on these networks, to “work out for themselves” what is needed to operate efficiently.
This project is being undertaken with a cross-institution team in conjunction with groups in WIT, UCC, UCD and NUIM. The cluster industrial partners are Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, HP, IBM, and Telefónica I+D.
In this project, KDEG is furthering its research in semantic interoperability, personalised visualisation, meta management of federations and declarative means for enhancing policy-based management of devices and their co-ordination within a federated network.