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What science tells us about information infrastructure - Mark Burgess

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  • 1. Uncertain Infrastructures What Science Tells Us About IT Mark Burgess
  • 2. Promises we can keep?
  • 3. P H Y S I C S - DescriPing - StuffH - ThaYt - HappenS - ... - whatever
  • 4. Environmental Closure
  • 5. Semantics and Dynamics, Desired-state and actual behaviour Dev and Ops – what you intend and what actually happens
  • 6. IT would be easy if systems were deterministic ... Dev ? Ops ? … but they are only in approximate balance
  • 7. LOGIC rains environmental complexity ... … onto knife-edge sensitivity
  • 8. Autonomous infrastructure “Continuous delivery requires continuous automation ... not power-assisted intervention”
  • 9. There is no such thing as an immutable system No intended change is not the same as no change
  • 10. “Many worlds” branches and relativity
  • 11. Failures are semantic Processes are dynamic “The history of attempts to prevent cracks from spreading or evade their consequences is almost the history of engineering.” -- J.E. Gordon The New Science of Strong Materials
  • 12. Control is ... Harp not on that keyboard! Orchestration? Choreography?
  • 13. Join the discussion … Tw: @markburgess_osl