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Presenter: Nancy Alonistioti

Abstract

In Future Internet environments, networks should be service-aware, through continuous flow observation and future architectures should have inherently functional componentisation principles and reconfiguration capabilities. These features will support dynamic optimisation techniques, while services will continue evolving, being more adaptable and aware of user context and preferences. Network entities should support autonomous decision making mechanisms and, for instance, they should have the ability to decide in an intelligent way the path followed by the traffic, taking into account the capabilities of the underlying technologies, the type of the information being transferred, as well as user’s preferences. The adoption of virtual techniques on different platforms and devices can potentially create new networking infrastructure. Network management should take place in a distributed autonomous way by incorporating self-organization and self-management principles. Finally, new Internet architecture should be open for further and continuous improvement, without necessity of disruptive modification. Current trends in mobile communications for handling increased complexity and interworking of heterogeneous systems, thus achieving seamless user access to various systems and services, are linked to the introduction of self-configuration and self-management capabilities of mobile systems and communications. User access and service offering will be an issue of optimal management and control of a ubiquitous environment targeting knowledge-based and situation-aware communication systems and services. The principle design will be based on high autonomy of network elements in order to allow distributed management, fast decisions, and continuous local optimization. Moreover, the overall design will be based on the paradigms of self-awareness, self-management and self-optimization and on the distributed and layered Cognitive (Monitoring-Decision Making-Execution) cycle. The presentation of experimentation and evaluation results justifying the implementation potential of such new paradigms for the management of complex and heterogeneous network infrastructures and systems, including cellular, wireless, fixed and IP networks, will be highlighted.