Can autonomic communication kick network complexity?
Mikhail Smirnov, of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems and coordinator of the ACCA project, thinks that autonomic communication and the property of self-organization is the best way to handle the Internet's growing complexity and the demands placed on it. With that goal in mind, Smirnov and others organized the Autonomic Communication Forum (ACF) in Brussels in late 2004. The forum is building a global research community for autonomic communications and hopes to eventually become an industry standardization body built on the premise that a new form of networking -- one that is self-organizing, self-managing, context-aware, and autonomous -- is the best way to handle this increasing complexity. The ACF already has more than 230 members.
Smirnov noted that self-management is probably the most import aspect to autonomic communication because it is the least affected by hardware and software developments and because it makes systems management a simpler task for sysadmins, it is more likely to be a powerful incentive for adoption.
Smirnov expects autonomic communication to have a major impact within five years.