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Re: East Coast outage?
From: "Steven M. Bellovin" <smb () research att com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2003 08:46:58 -0400


In message <oydr83m2w1m.fsf () bert cs rice edu>, Scott A Crosby writes:


I don't know, but at least reading this IEEE Spectrum article:
http://www.ece.umr.edu/courses/f02/ee207/spectrum/Grid/ implies that
long distance transmission is full of strange and nonlinear effects
such as 'reactive power', voltage support, and other technical
concepts that made me conclude that there are nasty details that are
not widely known. 


Precisely.  Or, to put it in NANOG terms, would you trust a power 
engineer to design BGP 5?  After all, we all know the limitations of 
BGP 4, and it seems pretty obvious how to do routing -- just look for 
least-cost paths...

                --Steve Bellovin, http://www.research.att.com/~smb



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