Monday, May 24, 2010

The Shortest Distance... not always a straight line. If you draw a straight line, between Cincinnati to Atlanta, it does not cross Crescentville, or the far North West suburb or Hamilton Ohio. But today, a large US corporation's intranet network was brought to a sudden halt, when a fiber optic network hub line was cut "between Hamilton, OH and Crescentville, OH."

So if you're a data packet originating in Cincinnati, you need to go at least 10 to 20 miles north, before you turn around and head nearly 500 miles south to Atlanta. And if you are someplace else in the world, and that precious main trunk fiber optic line is cut, be prepared to work offline most of the day, without access to your company's web based applications.

Maybe the data is just trying to find an efficient path around Kenfucky, after last week's revealing primary elections? I don't know.


  1. it's one of those word problems:

    an ethernet packet leaves Columbus OH at 7:18 am, traveling west at 18 mph.

    another packet leaves Denver at 9:42 am, traveling east at 22 mph...

  2. No, no, no...This is a fluid dynamics problem. After all, it's a series of tubes.


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