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Autonomic Autopoiesis

Automatically creates a replacement when a computer agent is no longer available to perform an essential function.
Highly distributed next-generation computer-based systems require self-managing environments that feature a range of autonomic computing techniques. This functionality is provided by collaborating agents, and includes an apoptotic (self-destruct) mechanism, autonomic quiescence (self-sleep), and others. The apoptotic feature is necessary to maintain system security and integrity when a component endangers the overall operation and viability of the entire system. However, the self-destruction of an agent/component may remove a key piece of functionality. The novel autopoietic functionality provides the capability to duplicate or substitute a new agent that provides the functionality of the self-destructed component.
Patent Abstract: 
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has developed agent technologies that enable higher levels of autonomy in computer systems. This technology is self-managing (self-configuring, self-healing, self-optimizing, and self-protecting). The system also features the property of autopoiesis (self-creation). When an agent automatically self-destructs due to security or other factors, the function performed by this agent is no longer in existence within the self-managing system. There is therefore a need for a mechanism that can auto-generate a replacement agent. This autopoietic agent may not necessarily be a clone of the original but can also be an alternative that provides equivalent functionality.

Replaces functionality that has been lost due to pre-programed self-destruction


Distributed computer systems that require high levels of autonomy

Space exploration

Commercial satellite systems employing distributed architectures

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Patent Issue Date: 
October 1, 2016
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