Snowflake Networks Make for the Best Tech
Nature World News, 4 Oct 2014
Researchers are taking inspiration from nature to design the most efficient and repairable power and information networks, where essential redundancy patterns resemble the complex and beautiful branching of snowflakes.
Redundancy is used in networks for the sake of being able to repair on the fly. traditionally, if a power grid is damaged, it will entirely shut down, or will at least have to be shut down in order to be repaired. The same goes for information pathways, where everything could stop if a sole path is interrupted.
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