Arnold Williams (notebuyer) wrote,
Arnold Williams

Failing: But 70% Works!

One of the terms I heard a lot from my engineer friends was "failing gracefully" -- which means that the death of one part does not shut down everything, but allows some minimal functionality until the part is fixed. It's related to "fail soft"

And, as Bruce Sterling has argued for years, the fact that the Internet was designed to keep working in the midst of attack makes it more resilient that you'd suspect: take out the 80 or so nodes responsible for most of the traffic, and still 70% of the remaining nodes can communicate, even if at a reduced speed and connectivity. check it out.

Now if we can just get the government to work that well. sigh.

Thanks to erudito for the thought.
Tags: technology

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