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Issue No. 02 - March/April (2006 vol. 21)
ISSN: 1541-1672
pp: 8-9
M?rk Jelasity , Universit? di Bologna
Ozalp Babaoglu , Universit? di Bologna
Robert Laddaga , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
<p>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.</p><p>This article is part of a special issue on Self-Managing Systems.</p>
autonomous computing, cellular automata, distributed systems, self-organization

R. Laddaga, O. Babaoglu and M. Jelasity, "Guest Editors' Introduction: Self-Management through Self-Organization," in IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 21, no. , pp. 8-9, 2006.
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