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- Feb 2021
the 2 hardest problems in computer science are essentially the 2 hardest problems of life in general, as far as humans and information are concerned.
The non-determinism is why cache invalidation — and that other hard problem, naming things — are uniquely and intractably hard problems in computer science. Computers can perfectly solve deterministic problems. But they can’t predict when to invalidate a cache because, ultimately, we, the humans who design and build computational processes, can’t agree on when a cache needs to be invalidated.
I like the answers already given, but I think they both could use an even more top-level, generalized explanation.
Cache invalidation is hard because: Everything in life we want to know, changes.Those changes are non-deterministic.
- generalized explanation
- good analogy
- cache invalidation is hard
- hard things in computer science
- difficult/hard problem
- life in general
- good explanation
- everything changes over time
- where it shines / best application