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March/April 2006 (vol. 21 no. 2)
pp. 8-9
M?rk Jelasity, Universit? di Bologna
Ozalp Babaoglu, Universit? di Bologna
Robert Laddaga, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Given the scale and complexity of today's information systems, it's increasingly important that they handle system management problems and tasks themselves--intelligently and autonomously. This special issue focuses on implementing self-management in a variety of distributed systems by observing the self-managing systems that surround us: multicellular organisms, social insects, market economies, human societies, ecosystems, and so on. These systems are made of components that obey local rules and act on the basis of local observations--often selfishly. Yet the system as a whole exhibits global properties such as self-healing, self-tuning, and self-organization. Distilling the key ideas from these systems and incorporating them into information systems often leads to inexpensive, straightforward, and highly robust solutions.

This article is part of a special issue on Self-Managing Systems.

Index Terms:
autonomous computing, cellular automata, distributed systems, self-organization
M?rk Jelasity, Ozalp Babaoglu, Robert Laddaga, "Guest Editors' Introduction: Self-Management through Self-Organization," IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 8-9, March-April 2006, doi:10.1109/MIS.2006.27
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