What is an autonomous network?
An autonomous network is a network that essentially monitors and / or creates its own conditions with data from existing operations. Some refer to this as a type of self-configuring or self-optimizing network, as it uses feedback loops to drive change. The idea of an autonomous network is still evolving as experts study how data mining and similar concepts can be used to give networks more tools for self-reliance.
The idea of an autonomous network was inspired in part by concerns about the lack of direction in global internet design, which many people find inadequately controlled or planned. Over time, the idea arose that networks could function with an element of self-awareness or self-management. Those who developed the idea of autonomous networks also observed the need for different proprietary networks for different types of mobile devices and other consumer electronics.
In a sense, the model for an autonomous network is based on the human autonomic nervous system, which regulates various human body functions using existing data from the body. This led to the development of the concept of self-awareness, which is shown in projects with autonomous networks. In practice, an autonomous network design may include analytical structures based on a device operating system, with the data fed back into the network being used intelligently to generate future parameters for the system's own functioning.