Sub-second system seizures

(University of Miami) Fall 2016 brought a fundamental change to the United States. Its fastest and largest network — the decentralized network of electronic market exchanges — began to experience its first ever intentional delay. Specifically, a 38-mile coil of fiber-optic cable was embedded into a new exchange network node, which, given the finite speed of light, introduced a systematic 350-μs (microsecond) delay in signal transmission (1). The future impacts this might have at the systems level are unknown.

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