About two weeks ago, we joined the masses of people leaving Twitter for Mastodon. The fact that Mastodon, building on some earlier ideas for federated…
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“It has been said that the principal function of an operating system is to define a number of different names for the same object, so that it can busy…
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This week we continue our series of posts explaining the Systems Approach by way of examples. In this case, we’re returning to the case of the mobile…
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The Systems Approach has been the guiding principle for how we write, teach, and design systems for almost 30 years, and of course we get asked to…
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After a few weeks talking about TCP and QUIC, this week we return to one of our favorite topics: platforms. Building platforms is often an exercise in…
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The publication of a new, definitive specification for TCP (RFC 9293) is enough of a big deal in our world that we couldn’t resist a second post on the…
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A Case Study in System Evolution. With the recent publication of a new specification of TCP (RFC 9293) we found ourselves reflecting on how TCP has…
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When we posted our article about modernizing the edge, in which we commented on the benefits of disaggregation, one wag on Twitter asked “Does this mean…
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Edge routers have been an essential part of the Internet for decades, connecting access networks (enterprise LANs, mobile and broadband networks) to the…
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We believe that service meshes will be absolutely central to the future of networking. When networks only connected physical machines, we needed…
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One of the secrets of writing that I’ve come to appreciate over the years is knowing what to leave out. This starts with deciding what topics are…
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How The “Conservation of Weirdness” Will Impact Cryptography. Cryptography depends on the supposed difficulty of finding the prime factors of a large…
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