Risk of Internet collapse grows

Sharif Torpis faust at grift.com
Wed Nov 27 08:50:48 UTC 2002


"Whenever I'm caught between two evils, I take the one I've never 
tried." - Mae West

On Wed, 27 Nov 2002 03:06:30 -0500 (EST), Sean Donelan wrote:
>On Tue, 26 Nov 2002, Irwin Lazar wrote:
>>Thought this might be worth passing on:
>Its difficult to tell what the authors have discovered since the
>won't be published for four months.  From the press release I notice
>some language which would indicate it may have the same issues other
>Internet models have predicting the impact of physical disruptions.
>Q: What's the difference between airline traffic and highway traffic
>during a snow storm in Chicago?
>A: A snowstorm in Chicago doesn't have much of an impact on highway
>traffic through Dallas.  But a snowstorm in Chicago does impact air
>traffic in Dallas.
>Air traffic in the US is a tightly coupled system. Air traffic is
>coordinated nationally, and passengers must make connections at 
>points which are difficult to change.  Its difficult to get on a
>plane heading in the general direction of your destination.
>traffic is loosly coupled.  Auto traffic is locally controlled and
>may be individually re-routed towards its destination at many
>Which analogy is closer to what happens to the Internet?  Air
>traffic or
>highway traffic?  Or maybe Internet traffic is like Internet 

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