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Robert Koberg <firstname.lastname@example.org> asks:
> Rick Marshall wrote:
> > Robert Koberg wrote:
> >> Rick Marshall wrote:
> >>> hierarchies fail,
> >> hmmm... isn't the internet a hierarchy? has that failed?
> > the internet addressing is, the www isn't - it's a large associative
> > memory and i'd be willing to argue that's exactly why it works.
> > the internet works because you find machines by following routers,
> > often
> > going up and down hierarchies to get to them. but routers can put
> > non-hierarchical links into the system. there's often more
> than one way
> > to get between machines.
> so? its still a hierarchy, right?
I'd say no. If anything it's a lattice or a general graph, but it's not
a hierarchy; there are too many interconnections, even at the DNS and
IP assignment levels...