Volume 86, Number 2, April 2009
Article Number 24002
Number of page(s) 5
Section Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics
Published online 08 May 2009
EPL, 86 (2009) 24002
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/86/24002

Damage isolation via strategic self-destruction: A case study in 2D random networks

Taehyong Kim1, Woo-Chang Hwang1, Aidong Zhang1, Murali Ramanathan1, 2 and Surajit Sen3

1   Department of Computer Science and Engineering, State University of New York - Buffalo, NY 14260, USA
2   Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Neurology, State University of New York - Buffalo, NY 14260, USA
3   Department of Physics, State University of New York - Buffalo, NY 14260, USA

received 21 October 2008; accepted in final form 17 March 2009; published April 2009
published online 8 May 2009

We study the nucleation, spreading, and control of irreversible diffusive damage in a 2D fixed-radius random network. The control is achieved via strategic self-destruction. Our studies suggest that rapidly activated aggressive and encompassing self-destruction may provide optimum long-term survival of the network. When the damaged area is sufficiently small, strategic self-destruction may be too dependent on local geometry and the details of the dynamics and hence non-trivial to estimate. Our results reveal broad insights into how it may be possible to combat and control the spreading of problematic effects across fixed-radius random networks.

46.65.+g - Random phenomena and media.
05.40.-a - Fluctuation phenomena, random processes, noise, and Brownian motion. - Networks.

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