I was reading the October issue of Popular Mechanics when I came across a column by Glenn Harlan Reynolds entitled Ready for Anything. In the article he defines resilience engineering to include the idea of designing and creating maintenance systems so they have some give, are able to offer extra capacity, handle sudden loads, provide plenty of warning when things begin to break down, backup systems in case they do, and so on. I immediately thought: hey this sounds a whole lot like what System z has been doing for decades!
I wondered what IBM is doing for this newly coined approach (though it was mentioned that resilience engineering was born as an academic idea in response to the 2003
In case you did not know, IBM Research is the world’s largest industrial research organization with about 3,000 scientists and engineers in eight labs spanning six countries. IBM has produced more research breakthroughs than any other company in the IT industry and has led in U.S. patents for the past 15 years. It’s always nice to see our scientists at IBM Research-- which recently celebrated the 20 year anniversary of moving atoms -- ,and the engineers across IBM, are continuing to stay ahead of the curve in designing our systems!