Ontology-Based Network Management for Autonomic Communications

Ontology-Based Network Management for Autonomic Communications

Dimitris Kanelopoulos (University of Patras, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-890-1.ch002


This chapter is focused on state-of-the art issues in the area of ontology-based autonomic communications and it considers how ontologies can be useful for network management as a way to achieve semantic interoperability among different network management models. In addition, it presents the autonomic communications paradigm as a possible solution to the ever-growing complexity of commercial networks due to the increasing complexity of individual network elements, the need for intelligent network and communication services and the heterogeneity of connected equipment. Finally, the chapter analyses how ontologies can be used to combine data correlation and inference technologies in autonomic networks. Such technologies are used as core components to build autonomic networks.
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An ontology is a set of knowledge terms including the vocabulary, the semantic interconnections, and some simple rules of inference and logic for some particular topic (Brewster et al., 2004). An ontology is made up of three parts:

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