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In this paper, the authors propose a novel autonomic service delivery platform for service-oriented network environments. The platform enables a self-optimizing infrastructure that balances the goals of maximizing the business value derived from processing service requests and the optimal utilization of IT resources. They believe that the proposal is the first of its kind to integrate several well-established theoretical and practical techniques from networking, microeconomics, and service-oriented computing to form a fully-distributed service delivery platform. The principal component of the platform is a utility-based cooperative service routing protocol that disseminates congestion-based prices amongst intermediaries to enable the dynamic routing of service requests from consumers to providers. They provide the motivation for such a platform and formally present the proposed architecture.
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