NASA leads consortium to reduce faults in software

NASA leads consortium to reduce faults in software

"How often do you say something like, 'Why can't a country that put a man on the moon create a plug-and-play printer driver?'"

James H. Morris, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's school of computer science, made the comment last month at the announcement of a new consortium that seeks to reduce failures in the nation's essential computer systems.

The space agency that put men on the moon-and lost two unmanned Mars spacecraft to software glitches in 1999-will take a leading role in the High Dependability Computing Consortium.

Members include NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., Carnegie Mellon and 12 companies whose goal is to make software more affordable as well as more reliable.

-P. Daukantas

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