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Re: East Coast outage?

  • From: David Lesher
  • Date: Thu Aug 14 23:53:02 2003

Speaking on Deep Background, the Press Secretary whispered:
> Am I the only one who is surprised that here we are now - over 7 years 
> later - and the electric grid industry still hasn't found/implemented a 
> design fix for this problem?  

Guess what... Real Time is Hard. Real Time when dealing with
amounts of energy sufficient to move mountains, with dv/dt in
milliseconds, is even harder.

Spread it out over a grid that measures fractions of a wavelength,
it gets harder still. Then run parts at 105-110% and it gets
really hard.

Now, play Prisoner's Dilemma with it.... and watch the sparks.

I'm no power engineer but I do not envy them. Can YOU build an
equal size TCP/IP network with the added requirement that you
never drop any more than say one or 2 bits/hour? And if you do,
you cold boot it all again?

A host is a host from coast to
& no one will talk to a host that's close........[v].(301) 56-LINUX
Unless the host (that isn't close).........................pob 1433
is busy, hung or dead....................................20915-1433

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