Complex Systems

Dynamics of a Time-outs Management System Download PDF

Vincenzo De Florio

Chris Blondia
University of Antwerp,
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science,
Performance Analysis of Telecommunication Systems Group,
Middelheimlaan 1, 2020 Antwerp, Belgium
and
Interdisciplinary Institute for BroadBand Technology,
Gaston Crommenlaan 8, 9050 Ghent-Ledeberg, Belgium

Abstract

We call "time-out" a software entity that postpones a function call by a given amount of time expressed as local clock ticks. The subject of this paper is a simple software system managing lists of time-outs. We briefly describe that system and discuss its dynamics. We show some experimental results that prove the emergence of complex behaviors.