Research Challenges of Autonomic Computing

Autonomic computing is a grand-challenge vision of the future in which computing systems will manage themselves in accordance with high-level objectives specified by humans. The IT industry recognizes that meeting this challenge is imperative; otherwise, IT systems will soon become virtually impossible to administer. But meeting this challenge is also extremely difficult, and will require a worldwide collaboration among the best minds of academia and industry. In the hope of motivating researchers in relevant areas to apply their expertise to this vitally important problem, I outline some of the main scientific and engineering challenges that collectively make up the grand challenge of autonomic computing, and provide pointers to initial efforts to address these challenges.

By: Jeffrey O. Kephart

Published in: RC23692 in 2005


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