Network Dictionary – Squashed Sausage Effect

Straight from RFC 6670 (section 3.4):

[...] as is usually the case with communications technologies, simplification in one element of the system introduces an increase (possibly a non-linear one) in complexity elsewhere. This creates the “squashed sausage” effect, where reduction in complexity at one place leads to significant increase in complexity at a remote location.

Hat Tip to IPspace.net for pointing this one out.