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Autonomous Systems and Networks (ASN)

The group's work primarily involves autonomous system and networks, as well as parallel processing in a 'ubiquitous computing framework' – i.e. a future where there is a high density of autonomous computing systems everywhere.

The ASN research group at OsloMet is a multi-disciplinary research group focusing on complex systems and networks, autonomous systems, network and system administration, cloud infrastructures, big data and machine learning.

The group comprises computer scientists and researchers having expertise in topics such as statistics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, operating systems and networking, complex systems, as well as domain experts with years of industry experience in system administration, software architecture, enterprise networks and security.

As a whole, the ASN group is able to offer a unique mix of perspectives on the approaches, technologies and profession aspects of autonomous system, networking, and systems administration. Our publications showcase the ability to have a “full-stack” understanding of today’s complex services and systems, allowing us to bridge advanced theoretical ideas with real-life engineering challenges.

The ASN group is since 2003 engaged in teaching the  MSc program in Network and System Administration in collaboration with the University of Oslo. The group spearheads efforts to create an international community for educators in network and system administration through co-chairing the USENIX Journal of Education in System Administration as well as the USENIX Summit for educators in system administration. ASN was a member of the European EMANICS Network of Excellence project from 2004 until 2008.

ASN is the provider of the ALTO cloud, currently the largest OpenStack deployment in production in Norwegian higher education with 1024 cores and 4TB of RAM. ALTO functions as a test bed and platform for experiments. As well as being a test-bed, the management of clouds itself as well as its virtual machines is a continuous focus of research for the ASN group. By managing a cloud in production, it offers a realistic case for research by discovering new management challenges as well as investigating solutions.

Some of the main research interests of the group include:

  • Cloud Infrastructure, Virtualization & Service Management
  • Internet of Things (IoT), Software Defined Networks (SDN), Networking & Security
  • Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning
  • Complex and Autonomous/Self-Organising Systems, Biologically-Inspired Systems
  • Green Computing & Operating Systems (e.g. IncludeOS: A minimal, resource efficient unikernel for cloud systems)

ASN group collaborates with different national and international partners including universities and research institutes such as University of Oslo, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Agder, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of South Florida, Manchester Metropolitan University, Simula, UNIK, as well as companies such as Telenor, IBM, Lunis and Linpro.