Stephen Bamattre writes: "There is an interesting research project at the University of California, Irvine, that attempts to create a new concept of networking and distributed architecture, using biological concepts. Interesting, it may a more viable network design for rapid growth. Maybe, some day, we can really kill processes. Check out the paper here." From their overview: "We believe that large scale biological systems, such as the bee or ant colony, have already developed many of the mechanisms needed to satisfy these requirements. We have identified several key principles and mechanisms in these biological systems, and we are now applying them to the design of network services and applications." Surely not a new idea, but a little more concrete as described here than the usual "network is alive" metaphors. The paper is in compressed PostScript and as a Word file.
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