[e2e] trading acks...TRACKS
avg at kotovnik.com
Sun Dec 3 14:32:18 PST 2006
> >>>> However, packet conservation through a router is something that
> >>>> can be aspired to, under limited conditions - thinking about
> >>>> a networking analogue of Kirchoff's electrical laws through the
> >>>> router as a point can actually be useful, too.
This is all nice and dandy but don't forget that the network has N kinds
of "electrons", which are attracted to N end-points independently of each
The reason why Kirchoff's laws work for steady-state electrical networks
(or networks of pipes carrying gasses) is that all particles are the same,
and repel each other.
Packets can be made to "repel" each other, but making them drift in any
direction where the "pressure" (or potential) is lower makes the network
useless - as it's whole purpose to move the packets to the destinations,
and not to the places where there's no congestion.
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