Another very good article on AC entitled In HAL's Footsteps Oct. 10, 2005 Real progress is being made in developing IT systems that do a better job of monitoring, analyzing, and fixing problems without human intervention By Darrell Dunn, InformationWeek.
And yes, another reference to HAL from '2001: A Space Odyssey.' This time we even have a picture of Dave! I was web surfing on HAL and found an article by Rosalind W. Picard entitled: 'Does HAL cry Digital tears?' Here is an excerpt: 'HAL startles us in 2001 -- initially with his smooth, confident voice, and later with his highly emotional words. Few viewers expected the world's most intelligent computer to speak as HAL does in that memorable scene when the only remaining crewman, Dave Bowman, begins to disassemble HAL and HAL commences his swan song: 'Stop, Dave. I'm afraid ... Dave... my mind is going ... I can feel it ... There is no question about it. I can feel it... Dave, stop.... I'm afraid, Dave ... HAL's expression of fear and his impassioned pleas no doubt struck a responsive chord of feeling in many viewers, for here HAL gives us the impression that he is not a heartless machine but a being who has genuine emotions...'
I think that as long as we continue to reference HAL in AC articles we should expand our definition of what HAL really stands for. Of course, the most prevalent theory is that HAL is what you get when you back up one letter from the letters IBM. OK, but what about HAL as the Highest Autonomic Level (level 5) Level 5 describes the ultimate state of Self-Configuring, Healing, Optimizing, and Protecting systems or 'self-CHOP' which, by the way if you advance one letter you get self-DIPQ. And CHOP is a one of the ways to systematically evaluate progress in autonomic computing - a kind of 'DIP' stick of autonomic 'Q'uality.
Seriously, as this industry comes together to expand its focus from 'platform-level programs intended to simplify management to what I like to think of as 'customer-level' programs intended to simplify the management across multiple platforms, vendors, and technologies based on open and sustainable architecture and standards - that is worth writing about and the author, Dunn, does a pretty good job capturing some of the real quantifiable benefits now being realized.
Here are some excerpts I clipped from the article: 'The deployment of autonomic-computing capabilities over the past year has let Carey Capaldi cut by 40% the time he spends manually digging through system-failure logs to understand why a problem happened. It also has let the product manager for the content-management system at Technicolor Creative Services create an automatic way to redeploy jobs that otherwise would be stalled for hours...Capaldi is ready to move further down the autonomic path. "In a heartbeat," he says. "I think there's a ton of potential that hasn't been tapped yet. '
'The president and chief executive of LAN Solutions Inc., Victor Kellan, agrees...When a problem happened, depending on its type, location, and complexity, it could take experts from several different areas to parse through thousands of log entries from databases, applications, Web servers, operating systems, or other network devices to find the problem's starting point and then determine a course of action...LAN Solutions went to work with Singlestep Technologies Corp. and IBM's autonomic-computing group to implement a system with robust event-correlation and network-event-response automation, Kellan says...It's getting closer to being self-healing and self-aware, he says. "We've got the brain..."
Singlestep CTO Ophir Ronen adds... "This is not just pie in the sky. These autonomic capabilities exist now and are helping customers get a handle on the cost andcomplexity associated with delivering IT services," ...
This summer, New York's Museum of Modern Art began testing an autonomic platform that combines network-discovery technology from nLayers Ltd. with IBM's autonomic engine. "Like everyone, our big challenge is to do more with less," MoMA CIO Steve Peltzman says. "Anything that can make my four folks act like a staff of 10 or 12 is great." '
And that makes one HAL of a story!
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Check out the 'ABCs of the Autonomic Computing Toolkit' by Jim Cybrynski, lead designer of the AC toolkit, which has the top slot on this weeks developerWorks site:
Read this and... 'streamline your first experience with the Toolkit! Or, if you're already familiar with a previous release, get a detailed technical tour of the hot items in Release 3.'[Read More]
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Last night I turned on the TV and listened to String Quartet No.10 in E-Flat performed by the Tokyo String Quartet on the Paganini Quartet.
The piece was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven who gave his first perfomance in Bonn, Germany 227 years earlier. It was performed by the Tokyo String Quartet which, by the way, did not originate in Tokyo but was formed in New York at Julliard. The Paganini Quartet is not a composition or a set of performers but a collection of four stringed instruments made by Itialian luthier, Antonio Stradivari in the 18th century and later acquired by violin virtuoso Paganini in the 19th century.
Ahhh...the sustainable standards of musical notation, enabling even a deaf composer to turn out compositions that have been enjoyed over the centuries performed by musicians from around the world on a time tested masterpiece of architecture designed by Stradivari...all coming together for an inspiring runtime interpretation by the Tokyo String quartet, captured in digital storage, provisioned over digital cable networks to endpoints around the world.
Reminds me of Autonomic Computing. (you knew that was coming, right? ) This week an article entitled Autonomic Computing Takes Center Stage was published on our autonomic web site
Today, the concert hall spotlights are also shining on a significant ensemble of technological capabilities that play together in a symphonic performance. Most significantly, within IBM more than 500 autonomic computing capabilities are currently available in more than 75 products. The XML Schema and the IBM Autonomic Computing Blueprint provides a detailed architectural guide - the sheet music, if you will, that describes the standards and building blocks of autonomic computing for these products.
On an industry-wide level, IBM has been a leader in the development of IT standards around critical autonomic technologies, as seen in areas like the Web Services Distributed Management standard and the OASIS solution deployment descriptor work. An individual instrument often doesn't make sense when you hear its' part by itself, but when combined with all the other parts of an orchestra, playing from the same score, suddenly you're listening to a masterpiece of sound! That is what autonomic standards do for the IT industry: enabling various technologies from multiple vendors to play from the same score. Without these autonomic standards, it would just be a jumble of products that don't play well together and certainly don't achieve the goal of reducing complexity.
Now is the time for you to join the band! We have made considerable progress and have achieved a strong level of maturity with our autonomic standards and technologies. Reach into the Autonomic Computing Toolkit case, pick up an instrument and join the orchestral performance. Visit http://www.ibm.com/autonomic for the latest thinking, initiatives, and articles on autonomic computing, where you can also download your copy of sheet music. For a real inside look, stop by alphaWorks and the Autonomic Computing Zone on developerWorks to get your backstage pass to meet and greet the newest technologies and standards specifications while they are being orchestrated into their final composition.
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