Autonomic Computing


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Kenneth Hunt

Why autonomic computing will reshape IT
By Paul Horn
October 15, 2001

The check list below from the article:
A new page in computing. It's time to design and build computing systems like that:
capable of running themselves, adjusting to varying circumstances, and preparing their resources to handle most efficiently the workloads we put upon them. More specifically, autonomic computing will encompass these key functions:

First, to be autonomic, a system needs to "know itself" and compromise components that also possess a system identity.

An autonomic system never settles for the status quo; it always looks for ways to optimize.

An autonomic system must configure and reconfigure itself under varying and unpredictable conditions.

An autonomic system must be its own doctor; it must be able to recover from routine and extraordinary events that might cause some parts to malfunction.

An autonomic computing system must be an expert in self-protection.

An autonomic computing system knows its environment and the context surrounding its activity, and acts accordingly.

An autonomic system cannot exist in a hermetic environment and must adhere to open standards.

An autonomic computing system will anticipate the optimized resources needed to meet a user's information needs while keeping its complexity hidden from the user.
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IBM has this PDF paper on the subject: