Michael Behringer

Distinguished Engineer

Autonomic Networking Team



When Michael joined Cisco more than 15 years ago he specialised in infrastructure security, where he published many papers, RFCs and a book.

He observed that the main challenge in security is its complexity, which lead him to research complexity in detail. He is now co-chairing the Network Complexity Research Group in the IRTF.

Michael believes that today’s complexity problems can only be solved by making networks self-managing, thus he started development efforts on Autonomic Networking in 2010 and has since been leading Cisco's architecture work in Autonomic Networking.


Complexity is just like Chocolate…

Confession time: If someone puts a nice chocolate in my reach, I find it very hard to resist. In fact, there are few days where I don’t get my dose of dark chocolate. Chocolate is one of the pleasures in life. Of course we all know that eating too much chocolate will get you into […]

Autonomic Networking – From Theory to Practice

Autonomic Networking is well understood in theory, but real, consistent and extensible implementations don’t exist. In this post I suggest a reason for the lack in execution, and our vision to provide a working, implementable Autonomic Networking Architecture. Wipe off the dust… When asking a researcher about autonomic systems, (s)he might blow the dust off […]