Sunday, December 09, 2007

Scalability in Physics vs. Scalability in Computer Science

In my experience, I've seen that most of the solutions are just a restatement of their scale.  That is, scale and the solution is so intricately intertwined, that the solution is not applicable to the same problem of a larger scale.  Unless, of course, the solution keeps scale in mind [a solution that can be scaled up, and more importantly scaled out].

I saw this [couple of months ago]:  A nuclear reactor built in the basement.

Hmm... I'm no physicist, but it seems scalability in software is a unique problem ;)


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