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Agencies flirt with autonomic computing

Although vendors and standards bodies have released autonomic computing tools, agencies still are testing the technology and experts predict mainstream use to be five years out. Autonomic computing is a phrase that describes self-managing computers, or computers that can monitor themselves and automatically adjust to optimize performance and circumnavigate hardware and software failures. IBM Corp. sponsored a discussion of the technology today at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. NASA is looking at autonomic computing best practices as it moves its own space-based data collections from standalone systems to integrated systems, said Peter Hughes, assistant chief for technology in the Information Systems Division at Goddard Space Flight Center. Full Story

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