iSIC is short for information music. It is a unique research project
which explores the use of musical rules as a way to convey
information. iSIC is a monitoring system, sort of a baby sitter for
big complex systems. The complex system could be a large network, a
server farm or a nuclear facility. iSIC lets operators mind the
activities of systems through precisely mapped sounds which play
pleasantly in the background. To achieve this the sounds are expressed
as a musical paradigm. Most people will think that iSIC sounds like
background music however a trained operator will know differently.
Someone trained to understand iSIC will be able to get the latest
conditions just by paying momentary attention to the music. Even if
they are not paying attention the operators will be immediately
alerted to changes in the system by changes in the music.