A Framework for Modelling and Implementing Self-Organising Coordination

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Research fields like pervasive computing are showing that the interactions between components in large-scale, mobile, and open systems are highly affected by unpredictability: self-organising techniques are increasingly adopted within infrastructures aimed at managing such interactions in a robust and adaptive way. Accordingly, in this paper we discuss the framework of self-organising coordination: coordination media spread over the network are in charge of managing interactions with each other and with agents solely according to local criteria, making interesting and fruitful global properties of the resulting system appearing by emergence-probability and timing typically playing a crucial role. We show that the TuCSoN coordination infrastructure can be used as a general platform for enacting self-organising coordination; we put it to test on two cases: an inter-space application of adaptive tuple clustering, and a intra-space application of chemical-like coordination reactions.