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P2P, Web Services, Wireless, and Beyond
O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
Westin Santa Clara
May 13-16, 2002 -- Santa Clara, CA

Building on the momentum and excitement of the O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer and Web Services Conference.



Keynote: Autonomic Computing: A Foundation for Progress, a Catalyst for Change
Dr. Robert Morris, Vice President, Assets Innovation, IBM

Track: Keynote
Date: Tuesday, May 14
Time: 9:15am - 10:00am
Location: Lawrence

While increasingly powerful computing systems enable the automation of key tasks and processes, these systems also become more complex as they work across distributed networks. Paradoxically, the growing complexity of the infrastructure created by the I/T industry threatens to undermine the very benefits it aims to provide. At the current rate of expansion, it's estimated that, by 2010, every single person in the U.S.would have to be a systems administrator just to keep up.

It's time to design and build computing systems capable of running themselves, adjusting to varying circumstances, and managing their resources to most efficiently handle the workloads we put upon them. It's time for autonomic computing -- we must build computer systems that regulate themselves much in the same way our own autonomic nervous systems regulate and protect our bodies.

As we look at the challenges of autonomic computing, we see that the opportunities are vast to improve overall IT costs, reliability and user experience, in particular. But no one company can do it all. It requires a great deal of teaming in the industry with the best minds from IT, academia and government. A successful approach will be open, interdisciplinary, ambitious, cooperative, and real.

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