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Contact: Jason Socrates Bardi
American Institute of Physics

Does Size Matter?

Caption: The overall operational "Risk" as a function of the system size (N), showing a decrease at first as the system becomes more efficient with size followed by an increase as the risk of large failures starts to dominate. The optimal size is then the minimum point in the curve.

Credit: B.A. Carreras/BACV Solutions

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