2nd International ICST Conference on Autonomic Computing and Communication Systems

Research Article

On modeling of self-organizing systems

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        author={Richard  Holzer and Hermann de Meer},
        title={On modeling of self-organizing systems},
        proceedings={2nd International ICST Conference on Autonomic Computing and Communication Systems},
        keywords={Self-Organization Mathematical modeling Systems},
  • Richard Holzer
    Hermann de Meer
    Year: 2011
    On modeling of self-organizing systems
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.AUTONOMICS2008.4671
Richard Holzer1,*, Hermann de Meer1,*
  • 1: University of Passau, Innstrasse 43, 94032 Passau, Germany.
*Contact email: holzer@fim.uni-passau.de, demeer@fim.uni-passau.de


A goal of computing and networking systems is to limit administrative requirements for users and operators. A technical systems should be able to configure itself as much as possible to increase the usability. This leads to the design of self-organizing systems. Self-organizing systems emerge as an increasingly important area of research, not only for computer networks but also in many other fields. For analyzing properties of complex systems, a mathematical model for these systems may be useful. Whether a model with discrete time or with continuous time fits better, depends on the properties of the system and which analysis should be done in the model. In this paper we give a comparison between discrete and continuous models and we give a formal definition for modeling continuous complex systems. Then this theory is applied to model slot-synchronization in wireless networks.