Twelve IT companies have joined with NASA and Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon University to form a computing consortium to develop highly dependable, affordable software systems.
The goal of the consortium is to eliminate failures in important computing systems such as those used in space missions, defense, health care or e-commerce and any other system affecting human safety or well-being.
The 12 IT companies working with NASA on the High Dependability Computing Consortium are: Adobe Systems Inc., Compaq Computer Corp., Hewlett Packard Co., IBM, ILOG Inc., Marimba Inc., Microsoft Corp., Novell Inc., Silicon Graphics Inc., Siebel Systems Inc., Sybase Inc. and Sun Microsystems Inc.
"We want to undertake basic, empirical and engineering research aimed at making the creation and maintenance of computer systems a true professional discipline comparable to civil engineering and medicine," James Morris, dean of Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science said in the statement. "As shapers of the future, universities should address the software quality problem now, before the world at large sees a crisis."