D. Lewis, K. Feeney, K. Foley, L. Doyle, T. Forde, P. Argyroudis, J. Keeney, D. O'Sullivan, Managing Policies for Dynamic Spectrum Access, 1st International IFIP TC6 Conference on Autonomic Networking (AN2006), Paris, France, Septemeber, 2006, LNCS 4195, Springer, 2006, 285, 297
The advent of software radio technology and the resulting potential for dynamic access to the
radio spectrum presents major new challenges in managing that access. These challenges arise
from the likely spread of spectrum access decision-making authority well beyond existing
regulatory authorities to a wide variety of co-existing market-based or open-access schemes.
Policy-based management mechanisms are proposed as a flexible means for defining the rules
that determine spectrum allocation dynamically. However, many existing policy based
mechanisms rely on a fixed organisation structure and so are insufficiently flexible to support
combinations of central allocation, market mechanisms and commons usage. In this paper we
present the application of a novel policy-based management mechanism based on self-managing
communities to the management of policy authoring authority. We show how an existing
implementation could be used to manage a software-based radio system and how this approach
provides self-organisation of multiple groupings with differing goals and policies in the
allocation of spectrum. This is illustrated by taking real world policy authoring scenario from
the world first software radio test license.
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