A Very Subtle Bug


6.033, MIT’s class on computer systems, has as one of its catchphrases, “Complex systems fail for complex reasons”. As a class about designing and building complex systems, it’s a reminder that failure modes are subtle and often involve strange interactions between multiple parts of a system. In my own experience, I’ve concluded that they’re often wrong. I like to say that…

This story appeared on blog.nelhage.com, 2023-11-20.
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