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Chaos In Distributed Systems?

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 25500
Amount: $92,302.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1994
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
P.o. Box 1010
Great Falls, VA 22066
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ted Frison
 (703) 759-5257
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Research Institution

Is chaos present in any significant real distributed system? We don't know. We will use our commercial grade toolkit for chaotic data analysis to see if chaos is present is some distributed systems. Our toolkit incorporates all the relevant methods for detecting and analyzing chaos. The remarkable aspect ofthese methods is that they operate directly on data. No prior knowledge or model of the system is required. We can directly determine the degrees-of-freedom (dimensionality) of the system and the rate of which information about system state is lost for all degress of freedom. Our collaborators at the Institute for Nonlinear Science, UCSD, invented many of the techniques, including local statistics. Local statistics examine how systems evolve in finite time (vice the entire data set). Local dimensions are important for real world prediction, control, and modeling. We also present several methods for controlling chaos. Anticipated Benefits: These methods may provide better ways of controlling large distributed computing environments, logistics networks, C4I networks, and transportation systems.

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