Self-Aware Computing Named World Changing Idea
21 December 2011
Scientific American has named the self-aware computing concept pioneered by Project Angstrom researchers as one of the “10 World Changing Ideas” in the magazine’s December 2011 edition. Project Angstrom, which is dedicated to developing new computer architectures able to handle the challenges of exascale computing, is led by CSAIL researchers in collaboration with researchers and software architects at Freescale, Mercury Computer Systems, Lockheed Martin, the University of Maryland and MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) and the Microphotonics Center (MPhC).
The idea behind the self-aware computing model is to create an operating system that can detect when applications are not functioning properly, and come up with potential solutions, such as allocating more power or having the application run more efficiently. The system would be able to learn from experience and could handle complex goals as instructed by the user.