The spectacular increase of interconnected devices, services, networks and even people over the future internet leads to a managerial havoc of unprecedented magnitude. Novel technologies encompass enormous numbers of communicating and interacting entities. These entities should harmoniously cooperate with each other, in order to be effective. As the numbers of these interacting entities increase, ensuring their efficient cooperation becomes increasingly complex. High complexity renders the quest for innovative approaches a basic prerequisite, for the consolidation of numerous innovations in the wireless world. A valid solution to tackle complexity is to infuse self-x (self-management, self-configuration, self-healing, etc) properties to the entities, so as to allow them to operate and organize autonomously, introducing what is called: "autonomic systems".
In this respect, the objective of this Use case is to design, develop and implement all technologies that are relevant to management of home networks in accordance with the autonomic computing paradigm.
The figure above illustrates the various technologies available for home networking and how these can coexist in the domestic environment. Multimode fibers can be used to distribute data inside the building in the Fiber-to-the-Building (FTTB) access scenario or from room-to-room in the FTTH scenario. If it is preferable not to install new wires, then the home network backbone can instead rely on PLC at the cost of reduced data rate and reach. In the wireless front, several technologies can be used for networking including WiFi, 60GHz and THz wireless and optical wireless (both visible light communications – VLC and infrared). Each wireless and wireline technology comes with its own merits and pitfalls, promoting the use of hybrid solution and the need for interconnecting all these heterogeneous technologies.