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George Candea, 30

Protecting software from crashes

Aster Data Systems

As counterintuitive as it might seem, George Candeas "crash-only software" concept may actually help keep software crash free. According to Candea, software crashes and subsequent reboots neednt be catastrophic, systemwide events. He has described software that can be trained to monitor itself and, if it detects something amiss, to launch a surgical, or "micro," reboot of just the problematic application element, while the system as a whole functions uninterrupted. "Microrebooting allows software to react to failure in machine time as opposed to human time," says Candea, who recently got his doctorate in computer science at Stanford University.

2005 TR35 Winners

Parham Aarabi

Sharpening a computers listening skills

Regina Barzilay

Teaching computers to read and write

Stewart Butterfield

Building communities through photos

George Candea

Protecting software from crashes

Bryan Cantrill

Tracing software in real time

Andy Carvin

Bringing Internet power to the have-nots

Narashima Chari

Setting the mesh networking standard

Bram Cohen

Upending the file-sharing world, bit by bit

Dennis Crowley

Moving online socializing into the streets

Tracey Ho

Scrambling bits for a more efficient Internet

Samuel Madden

Simplifying wireless sensor nets

David Pennock

Predicting the future of markets

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