The complex projective synchronization in drive-response stochastic coupled networks with complex-variable systems is considered. The impulsive pinning control scheme is adopted to achieve complex projective synchronization and several simple and practical sufficient conditions are obtained in a general drive-response network. In addition, the adaptive feedback algorithms are proposed to adjust the control strength. Several numerical simulations are provided to show the effectiveness and feasibility of the proposed methods.

1. Introduction

Complex networks become more and more important in modern society. Up to now, the investigation on the synchronization of complex networks has attracted a great deal of attentions due to its potential applications in various fields, such as physics, secure communication, automatic control, biology, and sociology [15]. In literature, there are many widely studied synchronization patterns, which define the correlated in-time behaviors among the nodes in a dynamical network, for example, complete synchronization [68], phase synchronization [9, 10], lag synchronization [1113], antisynchronization [1416], projective synchronization [1729], and so on. Projective synchronization reflects a kind of proportionality between the synchronized states, so it is an interesting research topic and has many applications.

Recently, projective synchronization under various cases of complex dynamical networks has been studied [1729]. In [19], Du et al. studied the problem of function projective synchronization for general complex dynamical networks with time delay. A hybrid feedback control method is designed to achieve function projective synchronization for complex dynamical networks with constant time or time-varying delay. In [20], Liu investigated the synchronization problem of fractional-order complex networks with nonidentical nodes, and the generalized projective synchronization criterion of fractional-order complex networks with order is obtained. In [21], Yao and Wang explored a new cluster projective synchronization scheme in time-varying delay coupled complex dynamical networks with nonidentical nodes in consideration of the community structure of the networks.

In most existing research, the two complex networks (so-called driver-response networks) evolve along the same or inverse direction with respect to real number, real matrix, or even real function in a complex plane [17, 1921, 2329]. However, in real world, the systems can often evolve in different directions with a constant intersection angle with respect to complex number; for example, , where denotes the drive system, denotes the response system, denotes the zoom rate, denotes the rotation angle, and . This synchronization scheme has a large number of real-life examples. For instance, in distributed computers collaboration, each distributed computer (response system) not only to receive unified command from server (drive system), but also they are mutual to use resources for collaboration [30]. Furthermore, in a social network or games in economic activities, and behaviors of individuals (those response systems) will be affected not only by powerful one (the drive system used in the present paper), but also those with a similar role as themselves [22]. Recently, some related works have come out, such as [18, 22]. In [18, 22], Wu et al. introduced the concept of complex projective synchronization based on Lyapunov stability theory, several typical chaotic complex dynamical systems are considered and the corresponding controllers are designed to achieve the complex projective synchronization.

In many systems, the impulsive effects are common phenomena due to instantaneous perturbations at certain moments [3133]. In the past several years, impulsive control strategies have been widely used to stabilize and synchronize coupled complex dynamical system, such as signal processing system, computer networks, automatic control systems, and telecommunications. In [31], Cai et al. investigated the robust impulsive synchronization of complex delayed dynamical networks. Yang and Cao [32] studied the exponential synchronization of complex dynamical network with a coupling delay and impulsive disturbance. Zhu et al. gave some global impulsive exponential synchronization criteria of time-delayed coupled chaotic systems in [33]. Xu et al. studied the synchronization problem of stochastic complex networks with Markovian switching and time-varying delays are investigated by using impulsive pinning control scheme in [34].

Besides, due to the finite information transmission and processing speeds among the units, the connection delays in realistic modeling of many large networks with communication must be taken into account, such as [19, 23, 24, 35]. What is more, uncertainties commonly exist in the real world, such as stochastic forces on the physical systems and noisy measurements caused by environmental uncertainties; the stochastic forms from the same noise of one-dimensional vector to the different noise perturbations of vector were investigated in [9, 10, 15, 17, 25]. Therefore, it is important to study the effect of time delay and stochastic noise in complex projective synchronization of drive-response networks.

Based on the above-mentioned content, the complex projective synchronization in drive-response stochastic coupled networks with complex-variable systems and linear coupling time delays by impulsive pinning control scheme are considered in this paper. Several simple and practical criteria for complex projective synchronization are obtained by using Lyapunov functional method, stochastic differential theory, and linear matrix inequality (LMI) approaches.

Notation. Throughout this paper, and denote -dimensional complex vectors and the set of complex matrices, respectively. For Hermite matrix , the notation means that the matrix is positive definite (negative definite). For any complex (real) matrix , . For any complex number (or complex vector) , the notations and denote its real and imaginary parts, respectively, and denotes the complex conjugate of . represents the smallest(largest) eigenvalue of a symmetric matrix . is the Kronecker product. The superscript of or denotes the transpose of the vector or the matrix . is identity matrix with nodes.

2. Model Description and Preliminaries

Consider a drive-response network coupled with identical partially linear stochastic complex network with coupling time delay, which is described as follows: where and are the drive system variables and is the state variable of a node in the response network. is a complex matrix function, ,   is the coupling strength, and is the inner coupling matrix. is the coupling time delay. Matrices and are the zero-row-sum outer coupling matrix, which denote the network topology and are defined as follows. If there is a connection (information transmission) from node to node , then and ; otherwise, and , and is a bounded vector-form Weiner process, satisfying

Now, two mathematical definitions for the generalized projective synchronization are introduced as follows.

Definition 1. If there is a complex such that for some and some , then the drive-response networks (1) and (2) are said to achieve complex projective synchronization in mean square, and the parameter is called a scaling factor.
Without loss of generality, let , where is the module of and is the phase of . Therefore, the projective synchronization is achieved when or . Furthermore, the complete synchronization is achieved when and , and the antisynchronization is achieved when and [22].

Definition 2 (see [22]). Matrix is said to belong to class , denoted as , if(1),  ,  ,  ;(2) is irreducible.
The following lemmas and assumption are used throughout the paper.

Lemma 3 (see [22]). Let complex matrix be Hermitian; then (1) is real for all ;(2)all the eigenvalues of are real.

Lemma 4 (see [35]). If is irreducible, , for , and , for all , then all eigenvalues of the matrix are negative for any positive constant .

Lemma 5 (see [30, 36]). Consider an -dimensional stochastic differential equation Let denote the family of all nonnegative functions on , which are twice continuously differentiable in and once differentiable in . If  , define an operator from to by where , , and   =  . If , then, for any , as long as the expectations of the integrals exist.

Assumption 6 (see [22]). Suppose that there exists a constant such that the largest eigenvalue of satisfies

Remark 7. All the chaotic systems satisfy Assumption 6 due to the fact that is bounded [22].

Assumption 8. Denote , and suppose . Then, there exist positive definite constant matrices and , for , such that

Remark 9. Assumption 8 is easily satisfied; for instance, because of existing noise in the process of information transmission, the noise strength is   =     +  , which depends on the states of the nodes, where and are constants, , so that ,  .

3. Main Results

Our objective here is to achieve complex projective synchronization in the drive-response networks (1) and (2) by adopting different control schemes. Firstly, several sufficient conditions are obtained for achieving complex projective synchronization in drive-response networks (1) and (2) by applying proper controllers on the response network. Then, the controlled response network is

Define the synchronization errors between the drive network (1) and the response network (2) as , because of ; then we have the following error system: Next, we consider complex projective synchronization between (1) and (6) via impulsive control under the assumptions , , and ,

Theorem 10. Supposing that Assumptions 6 and 8 hold, , , and . The complex projective synchronization in the drive-response networks (1) and (2) with the impulsive control (14) can be achieved if the following condition is satisfied: where ,   and .

Proof. Consider the Lyapunov functional candidate For any , , by Lemma 5, we have Let ; then one has In view of condition (14), we have Define and use (14) to compute the operator which, after applying the generalized Itô's formula, gives for any . Hence, we have By changing variable , we have Substituting (23) into (22), we get By using Gronwall's inequality, we get
On the other hand, from the construction of , we have where . According to (25) and (26), letting , for any , we get
Letting , we have
Using condition (31) of Theorem 10, there exist positive numbers and such that . The proof of Theorem 10 is completed.

When considering the system without delay, that is, , we can derive the following controlled response network and the error system:

Then, without loss of generality, one has the following corollary.

Corollary 11. Supposing that Assumptions 6 and 8 hold, , , and . The complex projective synchronization in the drive-response networks (1) and (29) with the impulsive control (31) can be achieved if the following condition is satisfied: where , .

4. Numerical Simulations

In this section, we conduct some numerical simulations to illustrate the effectiveness of the theorems of the previous section.

Consider a driver-response network coupled with the following complex Lorenz systems: where which exhibit chaotic behavior when , , , and . And the noise strength is .

Consider complex projective synchronization in a drive-response network coupled with identical complex Lorenz systems via impulsive pinning control, where the outer coupling matrices and are in Figures 1(a) and 1(b), respectively.

Choosing , , , and . By simple calculation, then one can choose such that condition (18) holds. The initial values of complex state variables are chosen as and ,  , , is the synchronization orbit. Figures 2 and 3 show the evolution of synchronization trajectory and errors by impulsive pinning control, respectively.

5. Conclusion

The synchronization in drive-response stochastic coupled networks with complex-variable systems is considered in this paper. Because drive-response systems may evolve in different directions with a constant intersection angle in many real situations but may not simultaneously evolve along the same or inverse direction based on real number, real matrix, or even real function in a complex plane, we focus on the projective synchronization of this situation by impulsive pinning control through a theorem and a corollary. Eventually, several numerical simulations verified the validity of those results.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


The authors thank the referees and the editor for their valuable comments on this paper. This work was supported by Shenzhen Strategic Emerging Industries Projects (ZDSY20120613125016389) and Shenzhen Basic Research Project (JCYJ20130331152625792).