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IBM pushes on with 'self-healing' systems

Computers that manage and fix themselves. IBM’s push to create systems that can manage themselves is moving from the drawing board to the commercial development community. The company has released an open-source toolkit that will let programmers build autonomic, or self-managing, capabilities into their own applications. The Autonomic Computing Toolkit will be offered at IBM’s DeveloperWorks website as a free add-on to the Eclipse development environment. IBM expects that software companies as well as corporate developers will use the tools. Previously, Big Blue has used AlphaWorks, its site for prototype software, as the venue for the release of code arising from its research into autonomic computing. The shift to the DeveloperWorks site indicates that the software is fully tested and supported by IBM, said David Bartlett, the company’s director of autonomic computing. He said IBM may decide to charge for the software. Full Story

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