Specification, Development, and Verification of CASCADAS Autonomic Computing and Networking Toolkit

Specification, Development, and Verification of CASCADAS Autonomic Computing and Networking Toolkit

Antonio Manzalini (Telecom Italia, Italy), Nermin Brgulja (University of Kassel, Germany), Roberto Minerva (Telecom Italia, Italy & Institut TELECOM SudParis, France) and Corrado Moiso (Telecom Italia, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-845-3.ch003
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Increasing complexity, heterogeneity, and dynamism of current networks (telecommunications, ICT, and Internet) are making current computational and communication infrastructures brittle, inefficient, and almost unmanageable. As a matter of fact, computing and storage are progressively embedded in all sorts of nodes and devices that are interconnected through a variety of (wireless and wired) technologies in Networks of Networks (NoNs). Dynamicity, pervasivity, and interconnectivity of future NoNs will increase the complexity of their management, control, and optimization more and more, and will open new challenges for service delivery in such environments. Autonomic communications principles and technologies can provide effective computing and networking solutions overcome these bottlenecks and to foster such challenging evolution. This chapter presents the main concepts of an autonomic communications toolkit designed and developed in the EU project CASCADAS for creating and supervising service networking ecosystems, structured as ensembles of distributed and cooperating autonomic components. Moreover, it describes several use-cases developed for its validation and demonstration and reports the experimental results to assess the toolkit performances. A brief overview of future research directions concludes the chapter.
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Future pervasive distribution of digital devices (e.g., laptops, mobile phone, digital camera, music players, RFID, sensors, smart cards) will create a large distributed computational and networking environment that will foster a profound and ubiquitous integration of data and services into everyday objects and the living ambient. These environments will be dynamic (e.g. due to mobility and dynamicity), secure, situation and social status aware. Users’ Personal Area Network together with surrounding people and smart objects, will be integrated with “global” communities to share the local experience with the global circle of friends and vice versa.

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