Autonomic Systems

Organic Computing — A Paradigm Shift for Complex Systems

Editors: Müller-Schloer, Christian, Schmeck, Hartmut, Ungerer, Theo (Eds.)

  • Summarizes new developments in topics like adaptivity, reconfigurability, emergence of new properties, and self-organization
  • Presents research inspired by an analysis of information processing in biological systems
  • Addresses fundamental challenges in the design of specific concepts and tools
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Organic Computing has emerged as a challenging vision for future information processing systems. Its basis is the insight that we will increasingly be surrounded by and depend on large collections of autonomous systems, which are equipped with sensors and actuators, aware of their environment, communicating freely, and organising themselves in order to perform actions and services required by the users.

 

These networks of intelligent systems surrounding us open fascinating application areas and at the same time bear the problem of their controllability. Hence, we have to construct such systems as robust, safe, flexible, and trustworthy as possible. In particular, a strong orientation towards human needs as opposed to a pure implementation of the technologically possible seems absolutely central. The technical systems, which can achieve these goals will have to exhibit life-like or "organic" properties. "Organic Computing Systems" adapt dynamically to their current environmental conditions. In order to cope with unexpected or undesired events they are self-organising, self-configuring, self-optimising, self-healing, self-protecting, self-explaining, and context-aware, while offering complementary interfaces for higher-level directives with respect to the desired behaviour. First steps towards adaptive and self-organising computer systems are being undertaken. Adaptivity, reconfigurability, emergence of new properties, and self-organisation are hot topics in a variety of research groups worldwide.

 

This book summarises the results of a 6-year priority research program (SPP) of the German Research Foundation (DFG) addressing these fundamental challenges in the design of Organic Computing systems. It presents and discusses the theoretical foundations of Organic Computing, basic methods and tools, learning techniques used in this context, architectural patterns and many applications. The final outlook shows that in the mean-time Organic Computing ideas have spawned a variety of promising new projects.

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From the reviews:

“This book discusses OC with regard to concepts, algorithms, architectures, hardware/software codesigns, the role of learning, user interactions, methods, and applications. It presents not only the basics of OC, but also the current state of research. … Researchers will find this book to be a good guide for OC, and it can be used as a textbook for a graduate or postgraduate course involving OC systems. Computer architects and managers in the industry will also find the book very useful.” (Maulik A. Dave, ACM Computing Reviews, January, 2012)


Table of contents (49 chapters)

  • Adaptivity and Self-organisation in Organic Computing Systems

    Schmeck, Hartmut (et al.)

    Pages 5-37

  • Quantitative Emergence

    Mnif, Moez (et al.)

    Pages 39-52

  • Divergence Measures as a Generalised Approach to Quantitative Emergence

    Fisch, Dominik (et al.)

    Pages 53-66

  • Emergent Control

    Kreyssig, Peter (et al.)

    Pages 67-78

  • Constraining Self-organisation Through Corridors of Correct Behaviour: The Restore Invariant Approach

    Nafz, Florian (et al.)

    Pages 79-93

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Organic Computing — A Paradigm Shift for Complex Systems
Editors
  • Christian Müller-Schloer
  • Hartmut Schmeck
  • Theo Ungerer
Series Title
Autonomic Systems
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Basel AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-0348-0130-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-0348-0130-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-0348-0129-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXX, 627
Number of Illustrations and Tables
90 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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