[AusNOG] "Simple Systems Have Less Downtime"
markzzzsmith at gmail.com
Thu Mar 5 14:59:10 EST 2020
On Thu, 5 Mar 2020, 14:07 Bevan Slattery, <bevan at slattery.net.au> wrote:
> There was a whole PhD paper demonstrating why planes with two engines were
> safer than planes with four due to risk of catastrophic failure having four
> engines/and complexity that outweighed the additional redundancy it
Having realised that "unnecessary complexity is the enemy", after working
on both simple and complex networks and systems, I've been "collecting"
"Less is more." - Bauhaus Movement.
"Complex equals more things that can break." - Anonymous on Slashdot.
"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when
there is nothing left to take away.” (in the context of aircraft design
coincidentally) - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Airman's Odyssey.
"As simple as possible but no simpler."
"In protocol design, perfection has been reached not when there is nothing
left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." - RFC1925.
Somewhere along the line I came across a theory that the Roman Empire
collapsed because of its complexity, and that continuing adding complexity
will unavoidably result in catastrophic collapse.
Looking that up, I came across this paper that suggests persistent,
determined and voluntary simplicity is the way to gain resilience and avoid
"Resilience through Simplification: Revisiting Tainter’s Theory of Collapse"
> *From: *AusNOG <ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net> on behalf of Mark Smith <
> markzzzsmith at gmail.com>
> *Date: *Thursday, 5 March 2020 at 1:05 pm
> *To: *AusNOG Mailing List <ausnog at ausnog.net>
> *Subject: *[AusNOG] "Simple Systems Have Less Downtime"
> This is excellent. About startups, however lots of parallels in network
> and network protocol architecture and design.
> Simple Systems Have Less Downtime
> Also cross over with RFC1925, "The Twelve Networking Truths", for those
> that may not be aware if it.
> (RFC1925 might be the best RFC ever.)
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