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Re: East Coast outage?
From: Joe Abley <jabley () isc org>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 11:39:20 -0400
On Thursday, 14 August 2003, at 23:13PM, David Lesher wrote:
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?
Perhaps the lesson to learn is that very large networks don't always
lead to very high stability. A much larger number of smaller, more
autonomous generation and transmission facilities might have much more
reasonable interconnection requirements, and hence less wide-ranging
Seems to me, if more consumers were opportunistic generators (fuel
cells, solar cells, wind turbines, whatever) the islands formed during
interconnection failures would have far more accurately-matched supply
and demand, and failures would stand a much better chance of having
only local impact.
Joe (battery and GPRS powered, still)