I stumbled upon a great ACM article comparing challenges of distributed systems with well-known milestones of modern physics.
The modern networks are probably the ultimate distributed systems. Now take the ideas from that article and apply them to the Centralized Control Plane concept (the last time I checked the marketers were still promoting that academic marvel).
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