Networked Systems

Synchronization emerges in a variety of systems ranging from fireflies and neural networks in biology, to coupled lasers, wireless communication, and Josephson junctions in physics and engineering. Sometimes the goal is to avoid synchrony, e.g., during Parkinson tremor or epileptic seizures, sometimes to achieve synchrony, e.g., in heart pacemakers, lasers, electric power grids and communication technologies. In the growing field of wireless embedded systems, a self-organizing approach to achieve synchrony seems to be a promising way of arranging slots and frames for data packet transmission without reference to a central unit. Such self-organized dynamics should quickly adjust to changes and be scalable to large networks.

Researchers from Göttingen and Klagenfurt have now developed a novel method of self-organizing synchronization and have delivered mathematical proof of the systems’ guaranteed ability to achieve synchrony autonomously. According to their article in the New Journal of Physics, synchrony emerges across the entire network…

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