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Containers in the real world and backpressure in distributed systems

Published October 27, 2021

Did you ever think that a city’s zoning laws could potentially affect the entire global economy? This fascinating Twitter thread goes into details about container shipping and how container stacking limits can prevent an entire port from operating.

Yesterday I rented a boat and took the leader of one of Flexport's partners in Long Beach on a 3 hour of the port complex. Here's a thread about what I learned.

— Ryan Petersen (@typesfast) October 22, 2021

If you’ve ever worked with distributed systems you probably recognize this breakdown as very similar to what happens when a system is overloaded without any capacity to apply backpressure.

If you don’t recognize this as a problem that can develop in distributed systems then Ted Kaminski has an excellent post on exactly that! Backpressure at tedinski.com

Last modified October 27, 2021


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