Galileo Onwards
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Galileo Onwards

The warehouse from Indiana Jones

Finding anything at the Indiana Jones Warehouse

Finding stuff

  1. Go to address §D4Z3
  2. Look at every item
  3. Read the attribute description of the item, if it contains the words "William Shakespeare" and the item description contains the words "King Lear" and it is a "quill", then collect it; otherwise ignore it.
  4. Once done, return to me with the collected items.

More than finding

Organizational challenges

Other questions

Different concerns

  • How can the warehouse be organized so that artifacts can be quickly returned (regardless of what they are)?
  • What kind of searching strategies must be employed to coordinate work between slaves?
  • How do we evenly divide work amongst the slaves so they aren’t overworked? (More accurately, if work isn’t evenly divided, the results will be delayed. We don’t actually care about the slaves.)
  • How do we keep the receptionist from being overloaded? (So that users don’t have to wait for results.)
  • Should we bring oft requested artifacts closer to the slaves so they can reach them quicker?
  • (Come to think of it, how do we identify which artifacts are oft requested?)

A mini conclusion

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” — Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, 1878

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