I believe that we should have a venue that is specifically dedicated to the distributed aspects of very hot topics such as:

I know that many of the above topics already have a Stack Exchange QnA proposal right now, and I think that they are kind of struggling to make it happen. Grouping them under the same hood would most likely allow for more impact and a very interesting cross-fertilization among these various fields!

If you look at the actual implementation of these various domains, they are indeed very heterogeneous, but from a methodological and modeling perspective, they share a lot of important features: modeling tools are often similar (agent-based models, stochastic simulations, mean-field approaches, etc), and they exhibit common properties such as complexity, emergence, chaos, robustness, synchronization, concurrency, consensus.

All these important topics are not present in regular, monolithic systems.

Proposal: Distributed Systems

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    This is a very interesting idea, but I'm afraid too narrow for a site and too different to merge with anything. Yet many question from it could work out on CrossValidated (complex systems, modelling) and some on TBC Computational Science (some techniques, simulations, systems biology).
    – mbq
    Mar 7, 2011 at 15:06
  • Well, I agree that many questions could work out on other stackexchange sites, but I do not agree that the topic is too narrow. It's actually very broad, and becoming more and more important in our world. I find worrisome that stackexchange does not support better multidisciplinarity.
    – Greg
    Mar 7, 2011 at 15:13
  • See also my proposal Interdisciplinarity: area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/30085/interdisciplinarity
    – Greg
    Mar 7, 2011 at 15:36
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    I haven't yet seen any example of a good on topic question. Let's focus on these and not on the off topic ones first :)
    – ripper234
    Mar 8, 2011 at 13:26

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My trouble with this proposal is that the different areas seem to be very disconnected. It's hard to imagine someone who is an expert in more than one of the areas listed. It's not like StackOverflow where there is an underlying body of expertise, worked out in different arenas: here someone expert (or even interested in) one area may well have no expertise at all (or interest in) another. The "distributed" aspect looks like just a hook to hang some unconnected things on.

  • @DJ: I updated my proposal as an answer to your remark.
    – Greg
    Mar 7, 2011 at 14:59
  • I don't see anything that addresses my concerns. Mar 9, 2011 at 17:06

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