Pulse-coupled decentral synchronization


R. Mathar, J. Mattfeldt,


        Synchronous firing of biological oscillators is explained by a mathematical model developed by Mirollo and Strogatz. Exactly the same principles may be carried over to achieve decentral synchronization in TDMA-Systems. However, some extensions of the basic model are necessary in view of technical implementations. This paper deals with synchronization in finite time for two oscillators, and convergence to synchrony except on a set of initial conditions of measure zero for cliques of oscillators, particularly for nondifferentiable (e.g. piecewise linear) state functions. Moreover, for oscillator pairs we prove synchronization even if there is a certain delay between transmission and reception of pulses. A simulation tool, named ImDeSy, is developed to investigate general networks of oscillators with an arbitrary topology and more refined reaction strategies. This is demonstrated in two extensive examples.

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	author = {Rudolf Mathar and J{\"u}rgen Mattfeldt},
	title = "Pulse-coupled decentral synchronization",
	pages = "1094-1106",
	journal = "SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics",
	volume = "56",
	number = "4",
	month = Aug,
	year = 1996,


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