[E-Lang] FW: Research ideas in HDC
Fri, 26 Jan 2001 16:06:52 -0800
The last paragraph is quite disturbing. How many security holes do you
think they'll introduce? The good news is that they probably won't be
fixing any E programs.
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> > IBM software to prevent server failures
> > By Bloomberg News
> > January 21, 2001, 4:10 p.m. PT
> > ARMONK, N.Y.--IBM, the giant computer maker, said it has
> > created software
> > that
> > senses when a server computer is nearing a crash and safely
> > shuts it down.
> > The product uses artificial intelligence to predict when
> > server software is
> > about to lock up, said Tom Bradicich, director of computer
> > architecture and
> > technology for IBM's lower-priced xSeries servers. Until now,
> > servers, which
> > run
> > corporate data networks and Web sites, could be shut down
> > regularly and
> > restarted to avoid many software lockups, but crashes
> > couldn't be predicted.
> > The new tool advances a developing field of "self-healing"
> > software aimed at
> > reducing costly server downtime. IBM and rivals such as Sun
> > Microsystems
> > sell
> > their products with software that reacts to problems or
> > transfers upgrades
> > automatically from the Internet. IBM believes that its
> newest feature,
> > called
> > "software rejuvenation," is the first to predict failures so
> > they can be
> > prevented, keeping key business operations running.
> > "It's significant because it's proactive instead of being
> > reactive," said
> > Stacey
> > Quandt, an analyst at Giga Information Group, a technology
> > research and
> > consulting company.
> > Shares of Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM rose $2.94 to $111.25 on
> > Friday. They've
> > risen
> > 31 percent since Jan. 1 and are the third-best performer this
> > year in the
> > Dow
> > Jones Industrial Average.
> > Servers are now at the center of corporate data networks and process
> > electronic
> > transactions around the clock, so companies can't afford
> > unexpected server
> > failures.
> > "Server downtime is associated with software more times
> than any other
> > reason,"
> > Bradicich said. These days, he said, crashed Web servers can
> > create "a huge
> > financial loss and a huge customer-satisfaction loss."
> > "Aging" software
> > Lockups occur as often as weekly or monthly, Bradicich said, because
> > otherwise
> > sound software accumulates coding abnormalities that build up
> > and drain
> > memory
> > in a process called "aging." If a computer isn't restarted to
> > clear the
> > erroneous instructions, the microprocessor eventually won't
> > know what to do
> > next, and it freezes.
> > Aging also occurs in personal computers, he said, although it
> > may be less
> > noticeable because a PC is shut down and restarted more
> > often, resetting the
> > software. Aging typically doesn't affect big mainframe
> > computers because the
> > programming is carefully "scrubbed" of errors, and such
> > systems integrate
> > hardware and software more closely than servers or PCs do,
> > Bradicich said.
> > IBM's "software rejuvenation" tool measures how much work a
> > server is doing
> > and
> > assesses the stress it's under, Bradicich said. If a failure
> > is predicted,
> > the
> > software automatically can schedule downtime, transfer
> tasks to other
> > servers
> > and restart the suspect device.
> > The rejuvenation feature will be part of a software package
> called IBM
> > Director,
> > which comes with xSeries servers. The xSeries runs on Intel
> > processors and
> > Microsoft's Windows NT operating system. The tool also will
> > work on servers
> > running the Linux operating system, Bradicich said.
> > IBM researchers, he said, are now trying to perfect
> software that will
> > identify
> > and repair the underlying coding errors that cause software aging.
> > Copyright 2001, Bloomberg L.P. All rights reserved.