A Framework for In-Network Management in Heterogeneous Future Communication Networks
3rd IEEE International Workshop on Modelling Autonomic Communications Environments (MACE 2008)
Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Samos Island, Greece
Future communication networks will be composed of a diversity of highly heterogeneous network variants, ranging from energy constrained wireless sensor networks to large-scale wide area networks. The fact that the size and complexity of such networks will experience tremendous growth will eventually render existing traditional network management paradigms unfeasible. This fact has been addressed by recent endeavours to implement management tasks based on principles of self-organization. While this approach is promising, we propose the radically new paradigm of in-network management, which targets the embedding of self-management capabilities deep inside the network nodes. In this paper, we focus on our framework for in-network management, which allows management logic to be embedded and executed within network nodes. Based on a specific use-case of bio-inspired network management, we demonstrate how our framework can be exploited in a network failure scenario using quorum sensing and chemotaxis.