1st International ICST Conference on Autonomic Computing and Communication Systems

Research Article

Immunological inspiration for building a new generation of autonomic systems

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.AUTONOMICS2007.2229,
        author={Emma Hart and Despina  Davoudani and Chris  McEwan},
        title={Immunological inspiration for building a new generation of autonomic systems},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Conference on Autonomic Computing and Communication Systems},
        publisher={ICST},
        proceedings_a={AUTONOMICS},
        year={2007},
        month={10},
        keywords={},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.AUTONOMICS2007.2229}
    }
    
  • Emma Hart
    Despina Davoudani
    Chris McEwan
    Year: 2007
    Immunological inspiration for building a new generation of autonomic systems
    AUTONOMICS
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.AUTONOMICS2007.2229
Emma Hart1,*, Despina Davoudani1,*, Chris McEwan1,*
  • 1: Centre for Emergent Computing Napier University Edinburgh, Scotland
*Contact email: e.hart@napier.ac.uk, d.davoudani@napier.ac.uk, c.mcewan@napier.ac.uk

Abstract

Autonomic computing systems of the future will be required to exhibit a number of properties which cannot be engineered using current technologies and algorithms. The most direct inspiration for building such systems is nature, where for example the central nervous system and the immune system function in an autonomic manner. In this paper we show how mechanisms inspired by recent advances in the field of immunology may offer exactly the inspiration required for engineering this new generation of computational systems which are robust, secure, self-organise and self-heal in manner currently unachievable with established software engineering techniques. Immune-inspired mechanisms are often synonomous with providing security in computing applications — however we intend to show that a wider examination of the immune literature offers far greater potential for exploitation of immune-mechanisms and paradigms than simply providing protection to a host. We conclude with a number of case studies, describing work currently in progress, which demonstrate two very different application areas in which the mechanisms described are being applied to illustrate our point.