A well-defined concept in history closest to autonomous networking is autonomic systems, briefly described below. Other related concepts include autonomic networking from IRTF and zero-touch networks initially coined out from ETSI.
What is Autonomous Networking?
A related term is "autonomic systems" which can be dated back to 2001. From RFC 7575: " [a]utonomic systems were first described in a manifesto by IBM in 2001 [Kephart]. The fundamental concept involves eliminating external systems from a system's control loops and closing of control loops within the autonomic system itself, with the goal of providing the system with self-management capabilities, including self- configuration, self-optimization, self-healing, and self-protection."
Recent advancements in Artificial Intellligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) have enabled promising research activities for autonomic networks, including autonomous networking, autonomous systems, and zero-touch network & service management. The autonomic networks have full potential to be responsibly applied to our current and future network systems.
What are the potential applications?
The principles and tools surrounding the autonomic networks are expected to be applicable across application domains and sectors. These include currently popular research areas, such as satellite-based/integrated networks, industrial Internet of Things, 5G and beyond, predictive maintenance, cybersecurity, and many AI-enabled network systems.
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