Behind the name: designed for survivability
At CoreOS Fest, Spencer launched into a litany of the cockroach's characteristics that make survivable software worthy of the name: you can hold a cockroach under water for 45 minutes and it comes back up and scoots off; they're hard to drown. You can withhold food from a cockroach for three months and it still functions. Hard to believe, but best of all, you can cut off its head and the body still lives for several days. "It's one of nature's most successful designs," he says.