Making a Computer Take Care of Itself
IBM's top research executive has issued a call to IT companies to make computers that are able to take care of themselves, patterned on the way the components of our bodies regulate themselves automatically.Can we create computers in our own image? IBMs top research executive has issued a call to IT companies to make computers that are able to take care of themselves, patterned on the way the components of our bodies regulate themselves automatically.
Big Blue last week launched an initiative promoting "autonomic computing," an approach to building self-managing systems that require little or no human intervention. Paul Horn, director of IBM Research, coined the term autonomic computing, borrowing the concept from the human bodys autonomic nervous system, which controls key bodily functions, such as breathing, without a persons conscious involvement.
- It "knows itself" and its components, so that it possesses a system identity.
- It constantly reconfigures itself for changing conditions.
- It always looks for ways to optimize its operations.
- It must be able to recover from any event that might cause some of its parts to malfunction.
- It must be an expert in self-defense.
- It must know its environment and the context surrounding its activities, and act accordingly.
- It must adhere to open standards.
- It must hide its complexity from the user.