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Built To Last: Computer Systems That Simply Cannot Fail

Posted October 20, 2012 6:09 PM

From ExtremeTech:

A failing computer system can be a problem in some settings, but it's catastrophic in others. No one likes when their computer crashes out while in the middle of an overnight render, but the cost of that delay is nothing compared to a failure in a mission-critical environment, such as in a hospital, on a satellite, or, in the case of Curiosity, on another planet entirely. These extraordinary settings have led to the creation of specialized computer systems that are designed to work in high-demand situations, often for years on end. They are, not surprisingly, some of the most interesting computer systems out there.


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10/22/2012 1:38 AM

Remember the first LEM landing on the moon - the computer system overloaded and shut down - crashed....... fortunately there was a far more resilient, flexible and capable system on hand to take over and achieve a successful landing ..... in the form of the brain of one Neil Armstrong!

Nothing and no-one less than God Himself is totally infallible.....but we can and must keep improving the performance of the systems we develop for such critical applications

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