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IBM calls elements of the biological metaphor as "Autonomic Computing"

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  • eliot@parcplace.com
    A recent posting on comp.lang.python mentions http://www.research.ibm.com/autonomic/ ... While the definition of autonomic computing will likely transform as
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 13, 2001
      A recent posting on comp.lang.python mentions
      http://www.research.ibm.com/autonomic/

      >From "the 8 elements" I quote:

      While the definition of autonomic computing will likely transform as
      contributing technologies mature, the following list suggests eight
      defining characteristics of an autonomic system.



      1. An autonomic computing system needs to "know itself" - its components
      must also possess a system identity. Since a "system" can exist at many
      levels, an autonomic system will need detailed knowledge of its
      components, current status, ultimate capacity, and all connections to
      other systems to govern itself. It will need to know the extent of its
      "owned" resources, those it can borrow or lend, and those that can be
      shared or should be isolated.

      2. An autonomic computing system must configure and reconfigure itself
      under varying (and in the future, even unpredictable) conditions. System
      configuration or "setup" must occur automatically, as well as dynamic
      adjustments to that configuration to best handle changing environments.

      3. An autonomic computing system never settles for the status quo - it
      always looks for ways to optimize its workings. It will monitor its
      constituent parts and fine-tune workflow to achieve predetermined system
      goals.

      4. An autonomic computing system must perform something akin to healing
      - it must be able to recover from routine and extraordinary events that
      might cause some of its parts to malfunction. It must be able to
      discover problems or potential problems, then find an alternate way of
      using resources or reconfiguring the system to keep functioning
      smoothly.

      5. A virtual world is no less dangerous than the physical one, so an
      autonomic computing system must be an expert in self-protection. It must
      detect, identify and protect itself against various types of attacks to
      maintain overall system security and integrity.

      6. An autonomic computing system must know its environment and the
      context surrounding its activity, and act accordingly. It will find and
      generate rules for how best to interact with neighboring systems. It
      will tap available resources, even negotiate the use by other systems of
      its underutilized elements, changing both itself and its environment in
      the process -- in a word, adapting.

      7. An autonomic computing system cannot exist in a hermetic environment.
      While independent in its ability to manage itself, an it must function
      in a heterogeneous world and implement open standards -- in other words,
      an autonomic computing system cannot, by definition, be a proprietary
      solution.

      8. An autonomic computing system will anticipate the optimized resources
      needed while keeping its complexity hidden. It must marshal I/T
      resources to shrink the gap between the business or personal goals of
      the user, and the I/T implementation necessary to achieve those goals --
      without involving the user in that implementation.


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