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Almost sure synchronization control for stochastic delayed complex networks based on pinning adaptive method
Advances in Difference Equations volume 2016, Article number: 306 (2016)
Abstract
This paper investigates the almost sure synchronization control problem for a class of stochastic delayed complex networks by using the stochastic differential equation theory and the Kronecker product technique. Different from the existing works, the considered problem is that all the nodes in the complex networks can synchronize with each other although the target node is unknown. Some sufficient conditions which guarantee the complex networks to have almost sure synchronization are derived and two kinds of controllers are designed, respectively. Finally, a numerical example is given to illustrate the effectiveness of the main results.
Introduction
Complex dynamical networks are composed of a family of interconnected nodes, in which each node denotes an individual element in the network and adjusts its behavior by the information received from its neighbor nodes. They can be used to model some complex nonlinear dynamical systems in science and engineering. Thus, in recent years, complex networks have attracted increasing attention in various fields such as biology [1, 2], sociology [3], and physics [4, 5].
In the dynamical behaviors of complex networks, synchronization motion is one of the important elements. Synchronization means that all the nodes’ action in complex networks will attain the same dynamic behavior along with the time evolution. For example, both a group of fish swarming together and a flock of birds synchronously flying belong to the synchronization phenomena. Up to now, there exists much literature such as [6–27] studying the synchronization control problem of complex networks by using different methods. For instance, [6, 7] study the synchronization control problem of discrete complex dynamical networks with a time varying delay by using the method of partitioning time delay and chief stability function, respectively. For the continuous complex networks with different characters, such as time delayed complex networks [8–10], stochastic complex networks [11, 12], complex networks with switching topology [13–15], there have existed a great deal of papers to study the synchronization control problem. The control methods mainly include pinning control [16–18], impulsive control [19, 20], adaptive control [21–27], etc. The adopted theories mainly include Lyapunov stability theory, the chief stability function method, and Mmatrix theory.
It should be noted that most of these works required all the nodes in complex networks to synchronize with the target node or the isolated node given beforehand. If the target node is unknown, then these results and methods could fail to achieve the synchronization because the designed controllers are usually based on the state information of the target node. In fact, when the target node is known, each node in the complex networks could adjust its behavior according to the error with the target node. However, if the target node is unknown, each node can only adjust its behavior according to the information from its adjacent nodes, at the same time, the adjacent nodes are varying. Practically, the phenomena of the unknown target node also exist in the real world. For example, for a complex network consisting of some multiagents without leader, all the agents achieve consensus by adjusting the information received from its adjacent agents. In addition, sometimes it is difficult to precisely describe the state equation of the target node when systems are disturbed by stochastic noise and transmission time delay. Hence, it is necessary to analyze the synchronization control problem of complex networks with unknown target node.
On the other hand, the stochastic complex networks models are very common and there also exists much literature such as [11, 12] and [24–27] studying synchronization problems of stochastic complex network. However, these papers mainly focus on the synchronization in mean square. For the almost sure synchronization of complex networks, there exist few results. Especially, the complex network which is the almost sure synchronization could not have synchronization in mean square, the relative counterexample can be found in [28–30].
Motivated by the above discussion, in this paper, we will consider the almost sure synchronization control problem for a class of stochastic delayed complex networks. The contributions of our paper are as follows. (i) The almost sure synchronization control other than synchronization in mean square is investigated. (ii) The provided results can suit for the synchronization of complex networks with the target node unknown. (iii) The obtained results only depend on the complex network’s parameters.
The rest of this paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we introduce the stochastic delayed complex dynamical network model and some useful lemmas. In Section 3, some criteria which ensure that the complex network synchronizes well are derived and some synchronization controllers are given. In Section 4, a numerical example is provided to illustrate the effectiveness of our proposed results. Finally, this paper ends with conclusions in Section 5.
Notation
\(R^{n}\) and \(R^{n\times m}\) denote the ndimensional Euclidean space and the set of all \(n\times m\) dimensional real matrices, respectively. For a vector \(v=(v_{1},v_{2},\ldots,v_{n})^{T} \in R^{n}\), whose 2norm is denoted by \(\v\_{2}= \sqrt{\sum^{n}_{i=1}v^{2}_{i} }\). \(A^{T}\), \(\operatorname{tr}(A)\), and \(\operatorname{det}(A)\) represent the transpose, trace, and determinant of the matrix A, respectively. \(\lambda_{\mathrm{min}}(A)\) and \(\lambda_{\mathrm{max}}(A)\) represent the minimum and maximum eigenvalues of the matrix A, respectively. \(X\geq Y\) (respectively, \(X>Y\)) means that \(XY\) is a symmetric positive semidefinite matrix (respectively, positive definite matrix), where X, Y are symmetric matrices. \(I_{n}\) is the \(n\times n\) identity matrix, ⊗ is the Kronecker product. The set \((\Omega, {\mathcal{F}}, \{{\mathcal{F}}_{t}\}_{t\geq0},{\mathcal{P}})\) denotes the complete probability space with a filtration \(\{ {\mathcal{F}}_{t}\}_{t\geq0}\) satisfying right continuity and \({\mathcal{F}}_{0}\) containing all \({\mathcal{P}}\)null sets. \(C^{b}_{\mathcal{F}_{0}}([\tau,0];R^{n})\) denotes the family of all bounded \({\mathcal{F}}_{0}\)measurable \(C([\tau,0];R^{n})\) valued random variables. Throughout this paper, all matrices have the appropriate dimensions.
Problem formulation and preliminaries
In this paper, we consider the following stochastic delayed complex network composed of N identical nodes with linear couplings. Each node is an ndimensional dynamical subsystem, whose state equation is described by
where N is the number of coupled nodes. \(x_{i}(t)=(x_{i1}(t),x_{i2}(t),\ldots,x_{in}(t))^{T} \in R^{n}\) denotes the state vector, \(A\in R^{n \times n}\) is a constant real matrix, \(f(\cdot )\in R^{n}\) is a continuous differential vector function. \(C=[c_{ij}] \in R^{N\times N}\) is the outercoupling matrix, where \(c_{ij}\) is defined as follows: if there exists a connection between node i with node j, then \(c_{ij}>0\); otherwise, \(c_{ij}=0\). In addition, the elements of the matrix C satisfy
\(\Gamma\in R^{n\times n}\) is the innercoupling matrices, \(\tau>0\) denotes the transmission time delay, \(u_{i}(t)\in R^{n}\) is the control input to be designed in the sequel. \(w(t)\) is a 1dimensional Brownian motion defined on the probability space \((\Omega, {\mathcal{F}}, \{{\mathcal{F}}_{t}\}_{t\geq0},{\mathcal{P}})\) with
\(g(\cdot)\in R^{n}\) is the noise intensity. The initial condition \(\psi _{i}(t) \in R^{n}\) is a continuous vector function.
Definition 1
Complex network (1) is said to have almost sure synchronization if
holds for \(i,j=1,2,\ldots,N\).
Remark 1
The idea of Definition 1 comes from [28–30]. It is obvious that complex network (1) can achieve almost sure synchronization only if
holds for \(i=2,\ldots,N\). Compared with the synchronization in mean square for complex networks [24–30], the almost sure synchronization is more general, the detailed difference for this two concepts can be found in [30]. On the other hand, it should be noticed that the theory used in this paper is similar to [31]. But the proposed results and methods in [31] are not suitable for this paper. This paper considers a complex network with the unknown target node other than a masterslave system.
In order to study the almost sure synchronization of complex network (1), we can arbitrarily choose a node as the target node. Without the loss of generality, we assume that the state of the target node is \(x_{1}(t)\). Let \(e_{i}(t)=x_{i}(t)x_{1}(t)\), then one gets the error system as follows:
Writing \(e(t)=(e^{T}_{2}(t),e^{T}_{3}(t),\ldots,e^{T}_{N}(t))^{T}\),
thus error system (2) can be written in the following compact form:
Remark 2
Different from [16–18], it is not necessary to exactly know the state equation of the target node
in this paper. Hence, the methods in these papers are not suitable for our paper.
Before moving on, we present some necessary assumptions and lemmas.

(H1)
Assume that there exist two constants \(M_{1}\geq0\) and \(M_{2}\geq0\) such that
$$\begin{aligned}& \bigl\Vert f\bigl(t,\xi_{1}(t),\xi_{1}(t \tau)\bigr)f\bigl(t,\xi_{2}(t),\xi_{2}(t\tau)\bigr)\bigr\Vert ^{2} \\& \quad \leq M_{1}\bigl\Vert \xi_{1}(t)\xi_{2}(t) \bigr\Vert ^{2}+M_{2}\bigl\Vert \xi_{1}(t\tau) \xi_{2}(t\tau)\bigr\Vert ^{2} \end{aligned}$$(5)for any \(\xi_{1}(t), \xi_{2}(t)\in R^{n}\) and \(t>0\).

(H2)
Assume that there exists a constant \(L\geq0\) such that
$$\bigl\Vert g\bigl(\xi_{1}(t)\bigr)g\bigl(\xi_{2}(t)\bigr) \bigr\Vert ^{2}\leq L\bigl\Vert \xi_{1}(t) \xi_{2}(t)\bigr\Vert ^{2} $$for any \(\xi_{1}(t), \xi_{2}(t)\in R^{n}\).
Lemma 1
[32]
The matrix C has a single eigenvalue 0 and all the other eigenvalues are negative.
Remark 3
Without loss of generality, in this paper, we assume that the eigenvalues of the matrix C are \(0=\lambda_{1} \geq\lambda_{2} \geq\lambda_{3} \geq\cdots\geq\lambda_{N} \).
Lemma 2
The eigenvalues of the matrix C are composed of the eigenvalues of matrix C̃ and 0.
Proof
According to the definition of the eigenvalue and properties of the determinant, we have
Therefore, one more eigenvalue of matrix C than C̃ is the single 0. The proof is completed. □
From Lemma 2, we know that the eigenvalues of the matrix C̃ are \(\lambda_{2}, \lambda_{3}, \ldots, \lambda_{N}\), respectively.
Lemma 3
[33]
Assume that the stochastic differential delay equation
exists a unique solution \(x(t,\xi(t))\) on \(t\geq0\) for any given initial condition \(\xi(t) \in C^{b}_{\mathcal{F}_{0}}([\tau,0]; R^{n})\), where \(\upsilon(t)\) is a ndimensional Wiener process. Moreover, both \(f(x(t),x(t\tau),t)\) and \(g(x(t),x(t\tau),t)\) are locally bounded and uniformly bounded on t. If there exist functions \(V(x(t),t)\in C^{2,1}(R^{n}\times R_{+};R_{+})\), \(\beta(t) \in L^{1}(R_{+};R_{+})\) and \(\omega_{1}, \omega_{2} \in C(R^{n};R_{+})\) such that
then
for every \(\xi(t) \in C^{b}_{\mathcal{F}_{0}}([\tau,0];R^{n})\), where the operator \(\mathcal{L}V(x(t),t)\) is defined as
\(V_{t}(x(t),t)=\frac{\partial V(x(t),t)}{\partial t}\), \(V_{x}(x(t),t)=(\frac {\partial V(x(t),t)}{\partial x_{1}},\frac{\partial V(x(t),t)}{\partial x_{2}},\ldots,\frac{\partial V(x(t),t)}{\partial x_{n}})\) and \(V_{xx}=[\frac {\partial^{2} V(x(t),t)}{\partial x_{i}\, \partial x_{j}}]_{n\times n}\).
Lemma 4
[34]
The Kronecker product ⊗ has the following properties:

(1)
\((A+B) \otimes C=A \otimes C+B\otimes C\), \(C \otimes(A+B)=C \otimes A+C \otimes B\);

(2)
\((A\otimes B)^{T}=A^{T} \otimes B^{T}\);

(3)
\((A\otimes C)(B\otimes D)=AB\otimes CD\);

(4)
\(\lambda(A\otimes B)=\{\gamma_{i}\theta_{j}, i=1,2,\ldots,n, j=1,2,\ldots,m\}\),
where A, B, C, and D are real matrices with appropriate dimensions, \(\gamma_{i}\) (\(i=1,2,\ldots,n\)) are the eigenvalues of the matrix \(A\in R^{n\times n}\) and \(\theta_{j}\) (\(j=1,2,\ldots,m\)) are the eigenvalues of matrix \(B\in R^{m\times m}\).
Synchronization analysis and control
Synchronization analysis
In this section, we will first analyze the almost sure stability of system (3) without control input, i.e.,
Theorem 1
Suppose that assumptions (H1) and (H2) hold. If there exist positive definite symmetric matrices \(P, R\in R^{n\times n}\) and positive constants \(\alpha>0\), \(\beta>0\), \(\mu >0\), such that
and
where
then system (8) is almost sure asymptotic stability for any initial condition.
Proof
Choose the following Lyapunov function:
By Lemma 3, the differential of \(V(e(t))\) along the state trajectories of system (8) is
where
From assumptions (H1)(H2) and (9), for any \(\alpha>0\), one gets
and
On the other hand, it is noted that the inequality
holds for any positive constant \(\beta>0\).
From (14)(16) and Lemma 4, one gets
where
We have
By the Schur complete lemma [25], inequality (10) is equivalent to \(\Phi_{2}<\Phi_{1}\). Thus, system (8) has almost sure asymptotic stability by Lemma 3. Hence, complex network (1) without the control input has almost sure synchronization. The proof is completed. □
Remark 4
Inequalities (9) and (10) are linear matrix inequalities and can be easily solved by the LMI’s toolbox in Matlab. Moreover, these inequalities only depend on the networks’ parameters and the time delay. In addition, different from [12, 21], the innercoupling matrix Γ need not to be a diagonal matrix in this paper.
Synchronization controller design
In general, a complex network is not able to achieve synchronization without a control input. In this section, we will design appropriate controllers such that the closedloop complex network has almost sure synchronization. Next, we introduce two methods, respectively.
(I) If we only control a part of nodes in the complex network. Without loss of generality, let the index number of controlled nodes be \(i=2,3,\ldots,l+1\), \(1\leq l < N1\), respectively. We take the controller as
then one gets
where \(\mathscr{K}_{1} =\operatorname{diag}\{\underbrace{k_{2},k_{3},\ldots ,k_{l+1}}_{l},\underbrace{0,\ldots,0}_{N1l}\}\), \(k_{i}>0\) is the control gain to be determined. Thus, we obtain the closedloop system
From Theorem 1, the following result is obtained.
Theorem 2
Suppose that assumptions (H1) and (H2) hold. If there exist positive definite symmetric matrices \(P, R\in R^{n\times n}\) and positive constants \(\alpha>0\), \(\beta>0 \), \(\mu >0\), \(k_{i}>0\) (\(i=2,3,\ldots,l\)), such that
and
hold, where
then complex network (1) has almost sure synchronization under the action of controller (19).
As a special case of (I), if we only control one node, without loss of generality, assuming that the index number of controlled node is \(i=1\). We take the controller as
thus
where \(\mathscr{L}\) is a \(N1\) order square matrix whose elements are 1, \(k>0\) is the control gain to be determined. Under the action of controller (23), we obtain the following closedloop system:
From Theorem 2, the following corollary is obtained.
Corollary 1
Suppose that assumptions (H1) and (H2) hold. If there exist positive definite symmetric matrices \(P, R\in R^{n\times n}\) and positive constants \(\alpha>0\), \(\beta>0\), \(\mu >0\), \(k>0\), such that
and
hold, where
then complex network (1) has almost sure synchronization under the action of controller (23).
(II) In order to obtain better control performance, we can use the following pinning adaptive controller. Let the index number of controlled nodes be \(i=2,3,\ldots,l+1\), \(1\leq l < N1\), respectively. Taking the controller as
and updated law as
then one gets
where \(\mathscr{K}(t)=\operatorname{diag}\{\underbrace{k_{2}(t),k_{3}(t),\ldots ,k_{l+1}(t)}_{l},\underbrace{0,\ldots,0}_{N1l}\}\), \(\delta>0\) is any positive constant. Thus, we obtain the following closedloop system:
Similar to Theorem 1, we obtain the following result.
Theorem 3
Suppose that assumptions (H1) and (H2) hold. If there exist positive definite symmetric matrices \(P, R\in R^{n\times n}\) and positive constants \(\alpha>0\), \(\beta>0\), \(\mu >0\), \(k^{\ast}>0\), such that
and
hold, where
\(\mathscr{K}_{2} =\operatorname{diag}\{\underbrace{k^{\ast},k^{\ast},\ldots,k^{\ast}}_{l},\underbrace{0,\ldots,0}_{N1l}\}\), then complex network (1) has almost sure synchronization under the action of pinning adaptive controller (28).
Proof
Choose the Lyapunov function as
where \(V(e(t))\) is the same as in Theorem 1. After some necessary computation, we find that the differential of \(V_{1}(e(t))\) along the state trajectories of system (29) satisfies
As inequalities (30) and (31) hold, \(\mathcal{L}V_{1}(e(t))<0\). Hence, complex network (1) has almost sure synchronization under the action of controller (28). The proof is completed. □
Remark 5
It is worth mentioning that the pinning control is one of important control methods for complex network and has been studied in some literature such as [16–18]. Obviously, this method also suits for the case of controlling every node in complex network. Specially, while controlling \(N1\) nodes, inequalities (30) and (31) must exist feasible solutions because \(k^{\ast}\) can be chosen sufficiently large, which shows that complex network (1) could achieve synchronization under the action of adaptive controller (28). Furthermore, the synchronization speed can be adjusted by tuning δ.
A numerical example
In this section, we provide a numerical example to illustrate the effectiveness of our proposed methods.
Example 1
Consider the following dynamical system:
where \(f_{1}(z_{1}(t),z_{1}(t\tau))=bz_{1}(t)+0.5(ab)(z_{1}(t)+1z_{1}(t\tau )1)\), a, b are two constants. System (34) can be written in vector form,
where
Since
for any \(z(t), \hat{z}(t)\in R^{3}\), \(f(z(t))\) satisfies assumption (H1). When \(\tau=0\), system (34) is the Chua dynamical system.
Consider complex network (1) with ten nodes (\(N=10\)) and take system (34) as each node. Other parameters are as follows:
\(a=1.31\), \(b=0.75\), \(\tau=2\). The noise intensity is \(g(x_{i}(t))=\tanh(x_{i}(t))\) for \(1 \leq i \leq10\). It is easy to verify that assumption (H2) holds when setting \(L=1\). By the LMI’s toolbox in Matlab, we obtain the feasible solutions of the inequalities in Theorems 13 and Corollary 1 shown in Table 1, respectively, where
From Table 1, we can see that the inequalities in Theorem 1 and Corollary 1 are infeasible and as regards the inequalities in Theorem 2 and Theorem 3 there exist feasible solutions, which implies that the complex network could not synchronize with each other if lacking control input or only controlling one node, and they could synchronize well if utilizing pinning controller or pinning adaptive controller. Our simulating computation, we depict in five figures. In particular, Figure 1 is the state trajectories of complex network and its error system under the action of pinning controller (19), these figures show that all the nodes synchronize well. Figure 2 is the state trajectories of complex network, its error system and updated laws under the action of pinning adaptive controller (28), respectively, which shows that all the nodes have synchronization.
Conclusions
This paper has investigated the almost sure synchronization control problem for a class of stochastic delayed complex networks based on the stochastic differential equation theory. Some synchronization criteria and two kinds of pinning controllers have been proposed. These results reflect the relation of synchronization to the parameters of complex networks. A numerical example has shown that our method is effective.
This paper investigated the almost sure synchronization control other than synchronization in mean square of complex networks, and the obtained results may be appropriate for the synchronization of complex networks with the target node unknown. Specially, the results obtained only depend on the complex network’s parameters.
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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (11602134), the Shanghai Natural Science Foundation (16ZR1413700), and the Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai University of Engineering Science (nhrc201506).
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Wang, T., Zhao, S., Zhou, W. et al. Almost sure synchronization control for stochastic delayed complex networks based on pinning adaptive method. Adv Differ Equ 2016, 306 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1186/s1366201610131
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Keywords
 complex network
 almost sure synchronization
 stochastic disturbance
 pinning adaptive control