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Wednesday, 6 November – 13:30-15:00 – Ballroom 6D

Session C

Onward!: Papers: New Models for Software I

This session sets the stage for the Onward! track by presenting two extreme points in the discussion on how to move forward with software: Autonomic computing, at one end, is being both researched and designed into existing systems today, while the metaphor of magic is intended to stimulate people to think far beyond the walls of the box and the academy.

A Vision of Autonomic Computing

Jeffrey O. Kephart
IBM, kephart@us.ibm.com
Autonomic Computing is a new approach to coping with the rapidly growing complexity of operating and integrating computing systems. This paper elaborates on the vision of autonomic, or self-managing computing. The goal is not to present a well-articulated architecture. Instead, the author speculates about general archiectural features that might typify autonomic computing systems of the future, and uses this as a basis for discussing several challenging scientific and engineering issues that need to be addressed in order to realize the vision of autonomic, or self-managing computing.


Dave West
New Mexico Highlands University, dwest@cs.nmhu.edu
Assume an obverse version of Clarke's insight: "If a technology is not magical, it is insufficiently advanced." Computing and software development are clearly not magical even though some applications, especially in cinema special effects, certainly convey magical impressions. The central question of this essay •can we use magic as a metaphor to re-evaluate and redefine the theory and practice of computing? Or, stated slightly differently, can magic provide a metaphor for opening a new frontier in the investigation and solution of the core problems confronted by software developers and computing professionals in today's world?

Attendee background
Participants should be ready to think outside the box.