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.
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. This SRC has four key foci. Federation refers relates to enabling network and service management for dynamic value chains composed of providers and/or consumers. Autonomic reflects the ability of management systems to be aware of both themselves and their environment, so that they can self-govern their behaviour within the constraints of the business goals that they collectively seek to achieve. Management addresses not just the configuration, monitoring and control of a network element or service, but also the lifecycle aspects of that resource or service in a programmable way, empowering service quality of experience management by end-users themselves. End-to-end means that services, not networks and network elements, are the focus; hence, services should be offered in a portable manner that is independent of the utilised networks. The FAME solution will combine innovations in the following areas:
Techniques that support the exchange and negotiation of customer or business goals as well as network data, configuration commands, and semantic information (expressed as contracts and policies) during the full lifecycle of value networks, based on shared knowledge that is dynamically updated based on the operational context of the system. Such techniques are required to enable the dynamic federation of management systems;
Autonomic resource and service monitoring and configuration techniques for networks and services that facilitate the generation of knowledge required for business-aligned decision making, and which ensure that such decisions are enforced to the highest degree possible. This enables systems to be aligned with composite business goals, such as those that evolve in the context of value networks;
Algorithms and processes that provide self-management capabilities that enable traffic management processes to be coordinated across different administrative boundaries and which, within business constraints, optimise the end-to-end delivery of services.
These innovations will be continuously evaluated based on their commercial relevance and value. This evaluation will be done via prototyping activities using real-world systems and scenarios provided by the industrial partners of the cluster. We stress that, whilst different parts of the communications industry have very different and specific objectives, commercially viable solutions to the problem of managing complexity cannot be developed as a collection of partial and domain-specific solutions. Instead, FAME will address use a holistic “system of systems” approach; this approach defines holistic mechanisms to manage the complex interactions of systems that are inherent when one system is built out of multiple different systems. This holistic view goes beyond the simple implementation of a service, and instead realises the service in a reusable and programmable way that facilitates its subsequent adaptation and reuse.
FAME is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) Programme. The project has been running since January 2009, and completed its first phase after three years in December 2011.