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Volume 2015 |Article ID 271759 | 6 pages |

Control of Synchronization and Stability for Nonlinear Complex Dynamical Networks with Different Dimensional Similar Nodes and Coupling Time-Varying Delay

Academic Editor: Xinggang Yan
Received10 Jan 2015
Revised25 Mar 2015
Accepted30 Mar 2015
Published01 Oct 2015


This paper discusses the stability and synchronization for the nonlinear coupled complex networks with different dimensional nodes, and the external coupling satisfies the condition of dissipation. The definition of synchronization of the complex dynamical networks is proposed as the manifold. By Lyapunov stability theorem, the decentralized controllers with similar parameters are designed to synchronize such dynamical networks asymptotically in which the characteristics are variable delayed. Finally, a numerical example is given to illustrate the effectiveness of the designed method.

1. Introduction

Extensively existing in various phenomena of all kinds of areas in the world, such as social network and World Wide Web (WWW), complex dynamical networks have received more and more attention in recent years [1, 2]. A lot of researchers have analyzed coupling complex dynamical networks and got abundant results [37]. Representative phenomenon in complex dynamical networks is synchronization among all dynamical nodes. So in the past few years, synchronization is the interesting subject for researchers [810]. As a result, widespread and varied criteria for stability and synchronization in dynamical network have been derived [1114]. For instance, [13] discussed the adaptive pinning synchronization in complex networks with nondelay and variable delay coupling. Reference [14] designed controllers with synchronization conditions to achieve the synchronization of nonlinear coupled dynamic complex networks with unanimous delay. Anyway the existing works on this topic normally focus on the dynamical complex network with same dimensions of nodes.

However, attributes of individual node might be different. Such as the Super Smart Grid, every user as a node possesses similar but discrepant equipment, and every kind of equipment of user is one dimension of node. By using different dimensions of node to express different attributes of user, we can define the Super Smart Grid as complex networks with different dimensional similar nodes.

Though [15] mentioned that one synchronization scheme is applicable to the complex networks in which the nodes contain different dimensions, both the nodes and coupling of nodes are linear. In reality of engineering, the nonlinear coupling might be more complicated than the linear system. Recently, [16] also researched coupled complex dynamical networks with different dimensions nodes, which discussed the asymptotic synchronization of this network by decentralized dynamical compensation controllers without mentioning time delay. As we all know, time delay widely exists in various phenomena of nature, engineering networks, biological system, and human social activities. Generally speaking, time delay is inevitable because the information spread through a complex network that is characterized by limited speed of long distance signal transmission. Furthermore, in some real situations delay is varied, which is called time-varying delay.

All of the above discussions are to construct the nonlinear complex dynamical networks with different dimensional similar nodes and coupling time-varying delay. In this paper, we assumed that the dimension of individual node in this coupled complex dynamical network is different. Since nodes have some similar behaviors and state connections, we define the synchronization of the dynamical networks as the manifold. Considering the time-varying delay in this network, the decentralized control strategies are designed to achieve the stability and synchronization asymptotically for similar nodes of complex dynamical networks. In the end, numerical examples are given to demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed results. Finally, Section 5 presents conclusions.

2. Formulation of the Problem and Preliminaries

Here we consider a complex dynamical network which has similar nodes with different dimensions and coupling time-varying delay:where the th node satisfies, , and and is the control input of node . Respectively, , both are known as constant matrices. The sufficiently smooth are the nonlinear vector fields, defined as ; are the outer coupling configuration parameters. shows the coupling strength and topology of the dynamical network and satisfies . And if there is a connection between node and node ; otherwise . The diagonal elements of matrix are defined as .

Assumption 1. Consider network (1) of different dimensional nodes. There exist matrixes , , and conforming towhere .

Assumption 2. Under Assumption 1 conditions, there exist and satisfying

Remark 3. Notice every node of the complex dynamical network has its own dimensions, and there is no certain connection for the dimension among different nodes. Assumption 1 shows matrixes have some same eigenvalues. It further means that the state of different nodes contains similar behaviors.

Lemma 4 (see [17]). For any vectors and positive definite matrix , the following matrix inequity holds: .

3. Synchronization for Complex Network by Decentralized Controllers

In this section, based on Assumptions 12 and Lemma 4, at first we propose the definition of synchronization manifold and then synthesise the decentralized dynamical compensation controllers to synchronize the complex network asymptotically.

Definition 5. A complex dynamical network is said to achieve the asymptotical synchronization ifwhere is a solution of targeted state, satisfyingFor our synchronization scheme, we define the error vectors asFrom (5) and (6), Assumptions 1 and 2, the dynamical error equation is given as where are norm-bounded, which means there is a constant satisfying

Theorem 6. In this section, one decentralized dynamical compensation controller is designed to achieve our synchronization as mentioned before, which iswhere , constant . is a right inverse matrix for and satisfies , which generally means has full row rank.
Here from (9), error dynamical systems (7) become the following form:Select and . If there exists a constant satisfyingthen the error dynamical systems will achieve asymptotical synchronization.

Proof. First, we select the following Lyapunov function candidate:The derivative of along the trajectories with error dynamical systems iswhere . By Lemma 4, (11), (12), and the parameters we set before, we derive the following inequation:If there exists a function satisfying (12), wherewe derive the following results:Then from 0 to , we can find to suitSetHence based on Lyapunov lemma, it is available to make the state of dynamics systems achieve synchronization asymptotically under manifold (4) if we can prove .
Firstly, because of , then . Secondly, the target is to prove the following inequation:If there exists , which satisfiesthe time derivative of isIt is clear that there is a contradiction between (22) and (24), so (19) is positive, and according to hypothesis (19), we set ; thenThe proving for Theorem 6 ends.

Remark 7. Compared with other similar published results, this paper discussed the complex dynamical networks with time-varying delay, with designing different controllers. By defining a new function , we find a new way to prove relevant problems and get some results for complex dynamical networks with time-varying delay. Under the research conditions of similar literatures having no time delay, it is available to accept that the method in this paper can simplify the process and save cost of control while we discuss one kind of complex dynamical network without uncertain parts.

4. Numerical Examples

The following dynamical error equation illustrates the theoretical effectiveness of our proposed synchronization themes derived in Section 3. To put it simply, we choose a ten-node network, in which the first node has 2 dimensions, the second node has 3 dimensions, and the rest of them have 4 dimensions. Considerwhere we choose the upper bound about time-varying delay as , and without loss of generality, the parameters for dynamical error equation are chosen as follows:where . ConsiderConsider the connection type for dynamical network, so we choose the outer coupling matrix asIn this example, initial conditions of each node are chosen as Besides, according to Theorem 6 and the assumptions we proposed before, , and . Also we are able to find out after calculating these parameters. The results are shown in Figures 1 and 2, which exhibit that the dynamical networks achieve synchronization asymptotically.

5. Conclusions

In this paper, for the coupling time-varying delay complex networks with different dimensional similar nodes, the decentralized controllers are designed to synchronize such networks. According to the results of numerical example, just if the nodes contain similar behaviors, by Lyapunov stability theorem, we can find decentralized controllers with similar parameters to verify that our stability and synchronization control theme in this paper is effective.

Conflict of Interests

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


This work was supported by Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant no. 11372107 and no. 61174211.


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