My time in India is almost over and I am heading back to Seattle. I am bringing with me on the plane a relatively unknown paper that I really enjoyed when it was first published. Autonet was a point-to-point network designed at Dec SRC research lab by Mike Schroeder's group. The original paper on Autonet can be found here. I am actually picking a follow-up paper to read this weekend, it deals with fault-tolerance of the network through automatic reconfiguration of its components. It has a number of abstractions such as "The Skeptic" that are worth learning about and using in other architectures.
Automatic Reconfiguration in Autonet Thomas Rodeheffer and Michael Schroeder, Proceedings of the 13th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles, October 13-16, 1991, Pacific Grove, CA USA.