Georgia Tech Uses IBM Technology to Advance Development of Autonomic Computing

IBM Provides Shared University Research Award to Georgia Tech to Further Enterprise Computing Lab

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ARMONK, NY - 17 Nov 2003: Georgia Institute of Technology today announced plans to use IBM hardware and software to advance the university's development of technology for autonomic computing, an emerging development area focused on intelligent, open systems capable of running with minimal human intervention. IBM is supplying Georgia Tech with technology to be used in the university's new Enterprise Computing Laboratory.

"We believe the faculty and students at Georgia Tech have what it takes to help IBM succeed in driving computing into a new era," said Alan Ganek, vice president of IBM Autonomic Computing. "The new lab supports IBM's goals in autonomic computing by pushing the limits of research for reducing the complexity of working with computers."

The IBM hardware will be used in the laboratory for research on system functionality, such as self-healing and self-optimizing functions, for enterprise applications specifically focusing on information systems, electronic commerce, web, digital and media data and related application services. The IBM equipment will also enable the lab to develop software that will make it easier for data to stream through small devices like PDAs and cell phones.

Georgia Tech will integrate IBM's equipment and software systems into existing classes on Linux-based operating systems and real-time adaptive systems. It also plans to introduce a new graduate-level course on e-commerce software.

"Georgia Tech has many crucial links with IBM, including strategic initiatives with Research," said Karsten Schwan, professor director of the Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems (CERCS). "The grant will enable us to better interact with IBM in our future research and to continue to attract the best and brightest computer science students with unparalleled opportunities to work on cutting-edge projects such as autonomic computing."

IBM hardware awarded to Georgia Tech includes IBM IntelliStation workstations, IBM eServer xSeries 345 servers, IBM eServer HS20 BladeServer and IBM eServer xSeries 360 server technology. The autonomic computing projects Georgia Tech is working on includes cooperative middleware and system level methods to guarantee quality of service for continuous data applications, plus Linux kernel support for distributed web services.

Georgia Tech plans to provide a server showcase space so visitors can view IBM's donated server hardware and the hardware can be visibly used in demos. The school also plans to donate lab space for use by students and staff conducting the research and for classes using IBM WebSphere software and IBM DB2 Universal Database software.

IBM's Shared University Research (SUR) program awards computing equipment (servers, storage systems, personal computing products, etc.) to colleges, universities and institutions of higher education around the world to facilitate research projects in areas of mutual interest including: Life Sciences, grid computing, autonomic computing and deep computing. The SUR awards also support the advancement of university projects by connecting top researchers in academia with IBM Research personnel, along with representatives from product development and solution provider communities. IBM awards approximately 50 SUR awards per year worldwide.

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