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The 'driverless networks' of tomorrow


23 Jan, 2017 09:00 am

The IT industry should launch a DARPA-style competition to focus attention on developing fully autonomous IT networks capable of running themselves, according to one leading software firm.


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A self-driving IT network must be able to analyse network requirements, install, monitor, fix bugs, and upgrade itself without human intervention and should be the target for the designers of the network of tomorrow, according to Juniper Networks CTO of development and innovation Kireeti Kompella.

Pointing to the impact on the self-driving sector of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Grand Challenges, in which a $1million dollar prize was offered to whoever built a vehicle that could autonomously cross a  240km route through the Mojave Desert, the tech chief called for a similar contest to build an autonomous network. 

Such a DARPA-like challenge for the IT industry might involve a network that could be relied on to run a datacentre for six months without human intervention.

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