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FP7: FET Proactive Intiative: Self-Awareness in Autonomic Systems (AWARENESS)



WHAT IS Self-Awareness in Autonomic Systems?

Objective ICT-2009 8.5: FET proactive 5: Self-Awareness in Autonomic Systems (Extract from Work programme text)

The challenge is to create computing and communication systems that are able to optimise overall performance and resource usage in response to changing conditions, adapting to both context (such as user behaviour) and internal changes (such as topology). To achieve this, autonomic systems should enable nodes to build up an awareness relating to higher and even global levels, e.g. of patterns of use, system performance, network conditions and available resources. This requires breaking through the tradition of fixing abstraction layers at design time, which hide issues at lower layers (e.g., by hiding mobility, heterogeneity, or drops in performance), but inevitably limit the scope for optimising resource usage and responding to changing conditions.

Target outcome

New concepts, architectures, foundations and technologies for:
a. Creating awareness at the level of autonomic nodes, by allowing them to interactively and selectively collect information about the system, and use it effectively. A central question is how to link awareness of performance, conditions, available resources, etc., to the nature of information that is exchanged.
b. Dynamic self-expression , namely the ability to autonomically use awareness to adapt the tradeoff between abstraction and optimisation. There is a need for understanding the consequences of this principle on system behaviour and performance, and designing/experimenting with related features.
Projects should investigate how such systems can be embedded in a larger (technical or non-technical) context, and within this context support society and economy. They should take into consideration malicious behaviour and the system’s ability to respond to arising needs.
Demonstration of new approaches should lead to a better understanding of their feasibility.
STREPs should address at least one and Integrated Projects should address in an integrated manner both topics.

Expected impact

  • Lower management costs of large networked systems through the ability to adapt to changing environments and patterns of use, and through a greater degree of, flexibility and reliability
  • More efficient use of resources such as processing power, energy and bandwidth through autonomic decisions based on awareness

Funding Schemes: IP and STREP

Background documents


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  • Call launched: 30 July 2009
  • Deadline for submission of proposals : 26 October 2009 (17h, Brussels local time) CLOSED on 27 October09, 17h Brussels local time
  • Start of projects : Summer / Autumn 2010