IBM has said that it will release software later this year which can balance work across many different computers.
The company said that the development is the second phase in its eLiza plan to build computers that can anticipate and recover from problems without human intervention.
Big Blue's latest effort, the Enterprise Workload Manager, can control groups of servers, monitoring the machines and shifting work between them.
A spokesman explained that customers will be able to test the software on mainframes, Unix, Windows and Linux servers later this year, with a full product being made available in 2003.
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