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Work Meets LifeExploring the Integrative Study of Work in Living Systems$
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Robert Levin, Simon Laughlin, Christina De La Rocha, and Alan Blackwell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014120

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014120.001.0001

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Performance-Yield Trade-offs in Work in Manufactured and Living Systems: Design Centering Looks at the World of Work

Performance-Yield Trade-offs in Work in Manufactured and Living Systems: Design Centering Looks at the World of Work

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(p.69) 3 Performance-Yield Trade-offs in Work in Manufactured and Living Systems: Design Centering Looks at the World of Work
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Work Meets Life
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Michael Lightner

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014120.003.0003

This chapter addresses the trade-offs that occur in the design and manufacture of computer chips. It considers the implications of a design optimization method for chip manufacture called design centering. This chapter shows that attempting to increase the performance of any designed and manufactured system would actually and inherently increase the failure rate of the chip. It suggests that it is critical to look at competing objectives and map out the sets of optimal trade-off solutions when considering optimization of either manufactured or living systems. It also reveals that the work of living systems can be profitably characterized and understood as systems that implement performance-yield trade-offs.

Keywords:   performance-yield trade-offs, computer chips, design centering, living systems, chip manufacture, design optimization, manufactured system

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