- the CSP infrastructure consisting of possibly millions of compute and storage servers and an interconnection network
- a very large population of individual and corporate users
- the regulators, the government agencies that enforce the rules governing the business
- the physical environment, including the networks supporting user access and the power grid supplying the energy for powering the systems and for heating and cooling.
Today's clouds are designed and engineered using techniques suitable for small-scale deterministic systems rather than complex systems with non-deterministic behavior.
Disruptive technologies such as self-organization could support effective and robust mechanisms for implementing the most desirable cloud management policies. Self organization can also support a user-centric approach whose main goal is to assemble dynamically a subset of cloud resources tailored to the needs of each application and, when the application is completed, reconfigure the systems for a new task
The intuitive meaning of self-organization is captured by the observation of Alan Turing "global order can arise from local interactions."
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