Self-healing or autonomic computing concepts aren't new. Mostly popularized by IBM starting a few years ago, research has continued in many different places in both the public and private sectors. In fact, the research efforts are increasing rapidly as people realize just how expensive computer failures are. While most efforts are still quite early on, it's clear that, rather than just trying to prevent computer problems altogether, a growing number of people are coming to terms with the fact that it's nearly impossible to build a computer system that won't have something go wrong. Thus, it may be a much more efficient route to build systems that quickly correct themselves, rather than those that never have any problems at all.
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