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Definition of Congestion
The spooks have been working overtime, the NSA spent $1.5 million dollars this week recovering from a computer failure starting Monday. It was restored on Thursday, just about the time people started reporting strange problems on the Internet. Concidence? But on a more serious note. Alan used the word "congestion" in one of his messages. Congestion doesn't seem to have a very strict definition. It covers everything from a multi-week service interruption, to a dropped packet which triggers slow-start. Should the Internet follow the nuclear and power industry and come up with a set of standarized terms for different degrees of events: blackout, brownout, flicker, etc. Or follow the telecommunication industry which uses a single word, congestion, for most problems.