When Networks Network | Simplifying Complexity | Scoop.it

When networks depend on other networks, such as a communications network that relies on a power grid, failure can cascade back and forth between the two. This behavior may explain sudden breakdowns in interacting systems. Thus, the effects of an attack on a single node can reduce an übernetwork  that starts with 12 operating nodes to just four.

Once studied solo, systems display surprising behavior when they interact.

 


Via FuturICT, Complexity Digest