Federation lifecycle management incorporating coordination of bio-inspired self-management processes

Brian Meskill, Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, Rob Brennan, Kevin Feeney, Brendan Jennings

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As it has evolved, the Internet has had to support a broadening range of networking technologies, business models and user interaction modes. Researchers and industry practitioners have realised that this trend necessitates a fundamental rethinking of approaches to network and service management. This has spurred significant research efforts towards developing autonomic network management solutions incorporating distributed self-management processes inspired by biological systems. Whilst significant advances have been made, most solutions focus on management of single network domains and the optimisation of specific management or control processes therein. In this paper we argue that a networking infrastructure providing a myriad of loosely coupled services must inherently support federation of network domains and facilitate coordination of the operation of various management processes for mutual benefit. To this end, we outline a framework for federated management that facilitates the coordination of the behaviour of bio-inspired management processes. Using a case study relating to distribution of IPTV content, we describe how Federal Relationship Managers realising our layered model of management federations can communicate to manage service provision across multiple application/storage/ network providers. We outline an illustrative example in which storage providers are dynamically added to a federation to accommodate demand spikes, with appropriate content being migrated to those providers servers under control of a bio-inspired replication process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)650-676
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Network and Systems Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • Bio-inspired processes
  • Federation
  • IPTV content distribution
  • Network management


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