Managing computer network resources

  • US 7,747,730 B1
  • Filed: 06/28/2002
  • Issued: 06/29/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/28/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method of managing a computer network, comprising:

  • assigning a goal to a software, wherein the software agent has its own runtime environment;

    is able to communicate with other software agents in the computer network;

    is capable of perceiving its own state; and

    is able to clone itself, and wherein the goal is a programmatic expression of a predefined task for the software agent; and

    monitoring the computer network;

    creating test policy and modeling a behavior of the computer network based on the test policy to determine an optimal policy for the computer network, including predicting a failure of a network component based on a prediction algorithm;

    wherein said modeling comprises determining appropriate policy based on the prediction; and

    dynamically modifying the assigned goal of the software agent by replacing the assigned goal based on the optimal policy;

    wherein the software agent comprises an autonomous agent operable to request further policy when it lacks an ability to perform the predefined task.

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