The term "autonomic" originates from human sciences e.g. the autonomic nervous system where it refers to a control system responding involuntarily i.e., without consciousness to stimuli coming from its environment. The term "autonomic computing" was widely promoted by IBM as part of the Grand Challenges for the IT industry.
- Autonomic networking requires self-* capabilities. One of these capabilities is self-management. As such it might be better to avoid the term autonomic management, and use self-management instead.
- Autonomic management: Acting involuntary (on reflex) according to some predefined policies in order to keep the system up and running within its limits.
- Autonomic (in general): (a) acting or occurring involuntarily (reflexes) and (b) relating to, affecting, or controlled by the autonomic nervous system or its effects or activity (http://mw1.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autonomic).
- Autonomic management is sometimes used to refer to the set of management activities that take place in Autonomic Networks or Autonomic Systems.
- It also sometimes refers to all algorithms that automate management and/or control functions of traditional networks in such a way that they become more autonomic
Relation to Autonomous management
Compared to autonomous networks, autonomic networks are less intelligent and require a management interface.
- autonomous: (a) having the right of power of self-government; (b) responding, reacting, or developing independently of the whole (http://mw1.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autonmous).
- IBM Autonomic Computing, IBM Self-Managing Autonomic Technology, http://www-03.ibm.com/autonomic/
- ANA: Autonomic Network Architecture, http://www.ana-project.org/
- AMISE: Autonomic Management of Ubiquitous Systems for e-Health
Conferences and workshops
- IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing
- MACE 2006, 1st IEEE International Workshop on Modelling Autonomic Communications Environments, http://www.manweek2006.org/mace/
- Autonomic Management of Communication Networks and Services, http://www.tssg.org/autonomic-netman/
- Model-driven Autonomic Management (MAM), Purdue University, http://www.cs.iupui.edu/~ydai/AMSCS/MAM.htm
- Autonomic Management of Mobile Multimedia Services: 9th IFIP / IEEE International Conference on Management of Multimedia and Mobile Networks and Services, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 4267, Springer, 2006
- Autonomic Management of Large Clusters and Their Integration into the Grid, Journal of Grid Computing, Springer, ISSN 1570-7873, 2005
- Yu Cheng et al., A Generic Architecture for Autonomic Service and Network Management, Computer Communications (2006), www.sciencedirect.de, Elsevier
- E. Lupu, N. Dulay, M. Sloman, J.Sventek, S. Heeps, S. Strowes, K. Twidle, S.-L. Keoh, A. Schaeffer-Filho. AMUSE: Autonomic Management of Ubiquitous e-Health Systems. Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 20(3)-277-296. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cpe.1194
- M. Sloman, E. C. Lupu, Engineering Policy-Based Ubiquitous Systems. The Computer Journal. 2009, DOI 10.1093/comjnl/bxp102.