Autonomic computing is simply the ability of a computer to automatically manage itself through adaptive technologies that further computing capabilities and reduce the time required by computer professionals to solve system and other maintenance problems such as software updates.
This is another development in technology which is set to become prominent in tomorrow’s networks. Autonomic computing refers to a network’s self-managing functionality. Typically, in the event of failures or faults, it means a network’s ability to self-heal.
The autonomic network can easily detect and isolate network faults while leaving other network pieces untouched. Besides, without human intervention, these networks can quickly correct and ‘heal’ the defective hardware. In smart grids, autonomic networks are typical where a fault can be quickly isolated and the network cured without leading to a major outage in the electrical grid.