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A Human Organization Analyogy for Self-* Systems

John D. Strunk*, Gregory R. Ganger

April 2003

This report also appears in the
First Workshop on Algorithms and Architectures for Self-Managing Systems,
in conjunction with the Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC),
San Diego, CA. June 11, 2003.

Keywords: Self-tuning, self-managing, storage system, hierarchical management structure, complaint-based tuning

The structure and operation of human organizations, such as corporations, offer useful insights to designers of self-* systems (a.k.a. self-managing or autonomic). This paper explores the analogy, and describes the design of a self-* storage system that borrows from it.

11 pages

*Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

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