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Mobile agents, programs that move within a system performing a set of tasks, are an active field of research. The focus of current research, however, is on the development of execution platforms and applications for mobile agents and not on methodologies for building agents. Creating mobile agents can be tedious and susceptible to errors. We propose a(More)
The increasing importance of networks and the growing numbers of devices and services that run on them necessitate effective network and systems management. The traditional centralized management paradigm alone is no longer sufficient for effective management solutions, primarily as it does not scale well. Distribution of management tasks is a promising(More)
As networks grow in size, speed and flexibility, the role of network management becomes increasingly important. Recent developments in Internet technologies might provide the capabilities that are well suited to the solutions of some very challenging, outstanding problems in network management. The increasing popularity of the World Wide Web, with its(More)
Integration of data from multiple sources makes it possible to build effective systems management solutions. Despite the expected benefits, data integration remains a challenge. Heterogeneity between data sources in terms of lack of an accepted common model, data semantics and access methods are among the difficulties. The goal of our research is to realize(More)
Preface TBA Acknowledgements A lot of people have contributed to OSIMIS, the following list includes the major contributors. Graham Knight of UCL introduced me to the area of network and systems management. He first suggested the possibility of a "generic managed system" and has influenced the OSIMIS high-level concepts and direction. He also contributed(More)
Effective systems management solutions rely on the integration of the capabilities of multiple management systems. Building such composite management applications is typically costly as it requires skills in each of the involved management systems to understand the operations and data they support. The approach presented uses a virtual management layer to(More)
This paper describes a search facility for systems management that was designed and implemented to simplify the management of large IT infrastructures. As the complexity of data centers or telecommunication networks increases, managing such infrastructures involves large amounts of data originating from many and diverse sources. In a typical IT management(More)