June 06, 2014 at 05:07PM
"Infrastructure itself is like a Shannon message." #readingToday

Infrastructure itself is like a Shannon message. If there is a high level of redundancy or pooling, then the actual information involved may be compressed, so that, instead of thinking of a thousand single computers, one thinks of a single pool. However, if there is semantic diversity, a multitude of roles and purposes, the Shannon message cannot be compressed, and a system will be inherently complex. Scale with complexity is the killer.

In Search of Certainty, Mark Burgess, 2013