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This measures how many virtual instructions have executed since the Tierra process began, while the node was connected to the net. The ratio: InstExecConnect/InstExec is a measure of the connectivity of the node. Some nodes, such as those that connect by modem, will be intermittently connected. Creatures may develop special adaptations for intermittently connected nodes, and these two parameters allow them to sense some relevant connectivity qualities.

Thomas S.Ray
Tue Jan 14 16:09:05 JST 1997