Autonomic management

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


  • 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.


  • Yu Cheng et al., A Generic Architecture for Autonomic Service and Network Management, Computer Communications (2006),, Elsevier


Conferences and workshops

  • MACE 2006, 1st IEEE International Workshop on Modelling Autonomic Communications Environments,
  • Autonomic Management of Communication Networks and Services,
  • AMUSE: Autonomic Management of Ubiquitous e-Health Systems, N. Dulay et al, Proceedings of the UK e-Science All Hands Meeting 2005, 19-22 Sept, UK
  • Model-driven Autonomic Management (MAM), Purdue University,
  • 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