Autonomic management

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The term autonomic, like the term autonomous, comes from robotics and human related sciences.


  • 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 (


  • 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.


Conferences and workshops


  • Yu Cheng et al., A Generic Architecture for Autonomic Service and Network Management, Computer Communications (2006),, 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.
  • M. Sloman, E. C. Lupu, Engineering Policy-Based Ubiquitous Systems. The Computer Journal. 2009, DOI 10.1093/comjnl/bxp102.