Putting Meaning into the Network: Some Semantic Issues for the Design of Autonomic Communications Systems

  • Simon Dobson
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3457)


Traditional network abstractions follow a layered model in which a sub-system interacts with other network components through very narrow interfaces. We content that this model is weak both in providing clear models of end-to-end properties and allowing adaptation to the more abstract properties of systems. We propose instead a graph-centric, contextual abstract model in which sub-systems can relate to other components at a wide range of semantic levels. We explore the implications such a model would have for network technology, applications and users, and identify some of the major research challenges it poses.


Resource Description Framework Overlay Network Pervasive Computing Autonomic Communication Semantic Issue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Dobson
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity CollegeDublinIE

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