"To long-suffering computer users worldwide, that concept might
seem an oxymoron, a dream as fanciful as everlasting life.
Nevertheless, some of Silicon Valley's top names in high technology
are getting together under the auspices of NASA/Ames Research
Center for a long-term effort to try to figure out how to build and
run computers that even people can't screw up."
"Although some experts are skeptical about prospects for success
because of cost constraints, organizers say they have little choice
but to try."
"As computers become more of an everyday item, people are just
not going to tolerate unreliable systems," said James Morris, one
of the main organizers and dean of computer science at Carnegie
Mellon University. The wide-ranging, multidisciplinary initiative
could prove crucial to maintaining the edge U.S. companies have in
the growing global competition for high-tech dominance, he
"On Dec. 11, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
Carnegie Mellon and several major corporate partners will formally
announce their plans to form a ``high dependability computing
consortium'' in Silicon Valley, according to officials at CMU."
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