Biochemical Tuple Spaces for Self-Organising Coordination

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John Field, Vasco T. Vasconcelos (eds.)
Coordination Languages and Models, pages 143-162
Lecture Notes in Computer Science 5521
Springer, Lisbon, Portugal
June 2009

Inspired by recent works in computational systems biology and existing literature proposing nature-inspired approaches for the coordination of today complex distributed systems, this paper proposes a mechanism to leverage exact computational modelling of chemical reactions for achieving self-organisation in system coordination.
We conceive the notion of biochemical tuple spaces. In this model: a tuple resembles a chemical substance, a notion of activity/pertinency value for tuples is used to model chemical concentration, coordination rules are structured as chemical reactions evolving tuple concentration over time, a tuple space resembles a single-compartment solution, and finally a network of tuple spaces resembles a tissue-like biological system.
The proposed model is formalised as a process algebra with stochastic semantics, and several examples are described up to an ecology-inspired scenario of system coordination, which emphasises the self-organisation features of the proposed model.

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