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Technical Perspective: Is Scale Your Enemy, Or Is Scale Your Friend?

By John Ousterhout

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 54 No. 7, Page 110

Scale has been the single most important force driving changes in system software over the last decade. Its impact is most obvious in the Web arena, however, it also impacts developers outside the Web. In this paper, scale comes from the large installed base of Windows and the correspondingly large number of error reports emanating from the installed base.

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