[e2e] the evolution of deployability

George Michaelson ggm at apnic.net
Tue Dec 17 20:39:08 PST 2002

A second observation.

Engineers and Biologists and Chemists share an appreciation of the local
maximum, the top-of-the-hill which you can achieve, and then get stuck in a
small potential well, with higher peaks around you. It happens all the time in
crystal formation from cooling liquids, or biological processes, things which
you could see being better but darwin/energy kinda limits how 'good' you can
get in the system.

Maybe network protocols are the same: there are real maxima, efficiencies and
outcomes, which you'd love to achieve. But if you get 'good-enough' deployed
then the sheer weight of inertia is against you 'rolling the stone' any
further up hill. But on the bright side, at least the Valley is a long way
below you...


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