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Advents in network technology and distributed system design have propelled network communication service beyond best effort data delivery. With the rising complexity of network infrastructures and the need for on-demand provisioning operations, a high degree of self-sufficiency and automation is required in the network service infrastructure. Guided by the autonomic communication principle, this paper first presents an autonomic service provisioning framework for establishing quality-of-service (QoS)-assured end-to-end communication paths across administratively independent domains. Through graph abstraction, we show that the domain composition and adaptation problem could be reduced to the classic k-multiconstrained optimal path (MCOP) problem. In analyzing existing k-MCOP solutions, we show their inefficiencies when applied to the service provisioning context and establish a number of new domain composition and adaptation algorithms. These new algorithms are designed for the self-configuration, self-optimization, and self-adaptation of end-to-end network communications and can provide hard QoS guarantees over domains with relative QoS differentiations. Through in-depth experimentations, we compare the performance of our algorithms with classic k-MCOP solutions and demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach.
Date of Publication: Dec. 2005