Measuring Self-Organisation in Distributed Systems by External Observation

Konferenz: ARCS 2015 - 28th International Conference on Architecture of Computing Systems
24.03.2015 - 27.03.2015 in Porto, Portugal

Tagungsband: ARCS 2015

Seiten: 8Sprache: EnglischTyp: PDF

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Kantert, Jan; Mueller-Schloer, Christian (Institute of Systems Engineering, Wilhelm Gottfried Leibniz University Hanover, Appelstr. 4, 30167 Hanover, Germany)
Tomforde, Sven (Lehrstuhl für Organic Computing, Augsburg University, Eichleitnerstr. 30, 86159 Augsburg, Germany)

Self-organisation has been identified as key enabler to master complexity in technical systems. Many definitions and metrics have been proposed to provide a formal basis. Since most of these concepts do not consider a dynamic organisation perspective from a systems engineering point of view, this paper analyses concepts to fill this gap. Therefore, we discuss the key aspects of self-organisation viewed as a semi-autonomous process, which guides the system after a disturbance back into the target space. Based on this concept, we present a novel approach to quantify self-organisation. This approach serves as basis for a potential comparison of similar systems in terms of their degree of self-organisation.