学会員メーリングリストアーカイブ (2004年)

Human Impact and Application of Autonomic Computing Systems (CHIACS2)


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	  Conference on the Human Impact and Application of
		Autonomic Computing Systems (CHIACS2)

		http://www.almaden.ibm.com/asr/chiacs/

			    April 21, 2004
		   IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
		      Yorktown Heights, New York

[Call for Abstracts]
The complexity of large-scale computing systems is beginning to
overwhelm software developers and system administrators. One approach
to this problem is to create systems that configure and manage
themselves under human supervision---an approach often called
autonomic computing. Introducing autonomic components into the
creation and management of large-scale computer systems will change
the relationships between systems and people; for instance, high-level
policy-based control (supervision) will replace low-level parameter
tuning (configuration setting). But not a lot is known about this kind
of transformation in the human-computer relationship. How will human
system supervisors learn to trust an autonomic system that sets its
own configuration parameters? How should an autonomic system keep its
supervisors informed of its states, problems, or suggested solutions?
How will developers treat autonomic systems?

This conference aims to bring together stakeholders in the success of
autonomic computing---including human science researchers, computer
science researchers, IT architects, product developers, outsourcing
practitioners, and consultants---to explore real-world autonomic
computing and its effects on the way people and systems work together
to generate business value. Topics of interest include, but are not
limited to:

Human-Computer Relationship: Autonomic computing will change the role
of IT professionals by increasing their efficiency, enabling them to
cope with complexity, and moving them up the business-value chain from
configuration management to policy management. Other aspects of IT and
business management will also change around the IT staff. How will the
skills and distribution of expertise change over time? What new skills
will be needed in system management and system development? What
impact will changes in the IT department have on the rest of the
enterprise?

Trust and Adoption: Autonomic systems will only be adopted when they
are trusted. Historically, some forms of automation have been readily
adopted while others have not. What factors have contributed to
successful adoption and exploitation of highly automated functions in
the past? What encourages a person to work with a system rather than
to avoid the system or to work around it?

Development and Testing: Autonomic computing will bring greater
unpredictability in configuration and connections between management
components than are found in traditional systems. Developers will need
to design autonomic components capable of being both independently
deployed and highly interconnected. Application developers will need
to instrument applications to exploit autonomic management
functions. Service delivery organizations will need to show that
introducing autonomic technology will improve service levels in
mission-critical environments. What new skills are needed to develop
and test autonomic systems? What new software engineering practices
will be required?

Policy: A key feature of autonomic computing is the transition from
managing systems through low-level configurations to managing systems
through high-level business-oriented policies. Management by policies
is a central theme of autonomic computing, yet work needs to be done
to unify current policy systems and move them to workable IT and
business scenarios. Two particular challenge areas have emerged: (1)
validating policy systems as workable in real-world systems, and (2)
moving policy from the IT domain to the business domain.

[Submissions]
Abstracts (up to 1 page) are invited on topics related to human
interaction with autonomic systems and real-world applications of
autonomic systems, as described above. Submissions should articulate
the topic, status of work, and future plans, and will be evaluated on
relevance and quality. Authors of accepted submissions will be invited
to present their work at the conference, and may also be invited to
prepare full-length chapters for inclusion in the proceedings, to be
prepared after the conference. Submit abstract to chiacs [at] us.ibm.com.

Deadline for submissions: February 18, 2004 
Notification of acceptance: March 14, 2004 

[Sponsors]
IBM Academy of Technology 
IBM Autonomic Computing

[References]
IBM Autonomic Computing: http://www.ibm.com/autonomic/
IBM Autonomic Computing Research: http://www.research.ibm.com/autonomic
The Vision of Autonomic Computing:
http://www.research.ibm.com/autonomic/research/papers/AC_Vision_Computer_Jan_2003.pdf

[Conference Chairs]
Rob Barrett, Paul Maglio, Michael Shallcross - IBM  
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