RL02K Pack Reliability/Characteristics

Paul Koning paulkoning at comcast.net
Wed Apr 1 14:04:53 CDT 2015

> On Apr 1, 2015, at 2:55 PM, Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu> wrote:
>> From: Paul Koning
>> The general rule of device drivers is to assume that the hardware is
>> misbehaving, and double check everything. 
> Right, but it needs to _actively log_ when it has to fix something, otherwise
> you wind up in the situation of the semi-famous old Multics problem where
> (IIRC) the system was running slower and slower... 

Certainly.  And, for example, RSTS/E contains an error logging daemon for that reason.  (Well, RSTS doesn’t call background programs daemons, but that’s what they amount to.)


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