Abstracts - 12th Systems Administration Conference
Mark Burgess - Oslo College
Present day computer systems are fragile and unreliable. Human
beings are involved in the care and repair of computer systems at
every stage in their operation. This level of human involvement will
be impossible to maintain in future. Biological and social systems of
comparable and greater complexity have self-healing processes which
are crucial to their survival. It will be necessary to mimic such
systems if our future computer systems are to prosper in a complex and
hostile environment. This paper describes strategies for future
research and summarizes concrete measures for the present, building
upon existing software systems.
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