Roadmap to a Networkless World

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Authors Bing Liu  , Brian Carpenter 
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This document aims to illustrate possible approaches to make network management and operations more autonomic in several aspects. The ultimate goal is that the network could run all by itself, so that users and administrators may feel that there is no network to take care of at all (a.k.a. "Networkless"). The approaches are described in a form of different levels (inspired by the Self-Driven Car levels). The higher the level is, the more autonomic management capabilities the network would have. Although some specific technologies are categorized into different levels, it is not the document's intent to rank them; rather, this document is more about discussing the possible next stage and the ultimate vision. Hopefully, this document could collect people's consensus in the industry and provide guidance for future technology developments.


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