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General decay synchronization of delayed BAM neural networks with reaction–diffusion terms


In this paper, general decay synchronization of delayed bidirectional associative memory neural networks with reaction–diffusion terms is studied. First, a useful lemma is introduced to determine the general decay synchronization of considered systems. Furthermore, a type of nonlinear controller is designed. Then, some sufficient conditions are obtained to insure the general decay synchronization of the drive–response systems via using Lyapunov functional method and Poincaré inequality. Finally, the obtained theoretical results are evaluated by giving one numerical example. The exponential synchronization, polynomial synchronization, and some other types of synchronization can be seen as special cases of the general decay synchronization.


In the last two decades, a great number of scholars from science and engineering community have been paying their attention to the investigation of dynamical behavior and control problems of neural networks [19]. Among various neural networks, bidirectional associative memory neural network (BAMNN), introduced by Kosko [10, 11], has been studied wildly since this class of neural network has extensive applications in pattern recognition, complex control, and intelligent processing [12]. In addition, the synchronization of chaotic nonlinear systems has received enormous attention in the past two decades for its significant role in many areas, including biology, climatology, sociology, etc. [39]. The authors of [13] studied the global asymptotic stability for continuous BAMNNs by using Lyapunov method, while those of [14] considered the synchronization of memristor-based BAMNNs by using linear matrix inequality technique. In [15], a nonlinear feedback controller is designed for a general decay synchronization of delayed BAMNNs.

As it is known to all, the reaction–diffusion effect cannot be neglected when considering the motion of electrons in an asymmetric electromagnetic field [16]. Therefore it is necessary to introduce a diffusion term in neural networks, where this term is expressed by a partial differential equation [1619]. In [20], the authors studied the global exponential stability and synchronization of the delayed reaction–diffusion neural networks (RDNNs) under the impulsive control. The authors of [21] discussed the global exponential synchronization of delayed BAMNNs with reaction–diffusion terms. In [22], an adaptive synchronization controller is derived for the global asymptotic synchronization of RDNNs with delays. The authors of [23] investigated the state synchronization of BAM neural networks with reaction–diffusion terms via a feedback control law. In [24], the authors have derived sufficient conditions for the \(H_{\infty }\) synchronization of RDNNs with mixed time-varying delays based on an adaptive controller method. In [25], an adaptive pinning controller is designed to guarantee the tracking synchronization for a class of neural networks with coupled reaction–diffusion terms. In [18], a sufficient condition for the ψ-type stability of RDNNs with bounded distributed delays and time-varying discrete delays was presented. In [26], an appropriate nonlinear controller was utilized, and the decay lag antisynchronization criteria were designed for multiweighted coupled RDNNs. However, few researches can be found on the general decay synchronization problem of BAMNNs with reaction–diffusion terms. As mentioned in [15], there exist stable systems which are not exponentially stable, but with a general convergence rate.

Inspired by the above discussions, in this paper, we are concerned with the general decay synchronization for a BAMNN model with reaction–diffusion terms and time-varying delays. By using a novel inequality technique and constructing a suitable Lyapunov–Krasovskii-type functional, we obtained some simple sufficient conditions for the general decay synchronization of considered BAMNNs. Finally, we give a numerical example and its simulations to illustrate the effectiveness of the derived results. The polynomial synchronization, asymptotical synchronization, and exponential synchronization can be seen as special cases of the general decay synchronization.

The rest of the paper is organized as follows. In Sect. 2, we will introduce the details of the model and a useful lemma, which plays a critical role in proving the main result of this paper. Then, in Sect. 3, we will design a feedback controller for the general decay synchronization of delayed BAMNNs with reaction–diffusion terms. In Sect. 4, we will give an example to evaluate the effectiveness of theoretical results of this paper. In the final section, we give a brief summary to end up the paper.


In this paper, we consider the following delayed BAMNNs with reaction-0diffusion terms:

$$ \begin{aligned} &\frac{\partial u_{i}}{\partial t}=\sum_{k=1}^{\ell } \frac{\partial }{\partial x_{k}} \biggl( D_{ik} \frac{\partial u_{i}}{\partial x_{k}} \biggr) -p_{i}u_{i}(t,x)\\ &\hphantom{\frac{\partial u_{i}}{\partial t}=}{}+\sum_{j=1}^{n} b_{ji}f_{j} \bigl(v_{j}(t,x) \bigr)+\sum _{j=1}^{n} \tilde{b}_{ji}f_{j} \bigl(v_{j} \bigl(t- \theta _{ji}(t) \bigr) \bigr)+I_{i}, \\ &\frac{\partial v_{j}}{\partial t}=\sum_{k=1}^{\ell } \frac{\partial }{\partial x_{k}} \biggl( \tilde{D}_{jk} \frac{\partial v_{j}}{\partial x_{k}} \biggr) -q_{j} v_{j}(t,x)\\ &\hphantom{\frac{\partial v_{j}}{\partial t}=} {}+\sum_{i=1}^{m} d_{ij}g_{i} \bigl(u_{i}(t,x) \bigr)+\sum _{i=1}^{m} \tilde{d}_{ij}g_{i} \bigl(u_{i} \bigl(t- \tau _{ij}(t) \bigr) \bigr)+J_{j}, \end{aligned} $$

with the following Neumann boundary condition:

$$ \begin{aligned} \nabla u_{i} =0,\qquad \nabla v_{j}=0, \quad x \text{ on } \partial \varOmega , t \geq 0, \end{aligned} $$

and the following initial condition:

$$ \begin{aligned} u_{i}(s,x)=\varGamma _{i}(s,x),\qquad v_{j}(s,x)=\varLambda _{i}(s,x), \quad x \text{ in }\varOmega , s \leq 0, \end{aligned} $$

where \(x=(x_{1},x_{2},\dots ,x_{\ell })^{T}\in \varOmega \), Ω is a bounded open subset of \(\mathbb{R}^{\ell }\) with a \(C^{2}\) boundary ∂Ω, and \(|\varOmega |>0\) (where \(|\varOmega |\) is the volume of Ω); \(\nabla \nu := (\frac{\partial \nu }{\partial x_{1}}, \frac{\partial \nu }{\partial x_{1}}, \dots , \frac{\partial \nu }{\partial x_{\ell }} )^{T}\) stands for the gradient of function ν, \(u_{i}\) and \(v_{j}\) for \(i\in \mathcal{I}=\{1,2,\dots ,m\}\), \(j\in \mathcal{J}=\{1,2,\dots ,n\}\) denote to the state variables of the ith and jth neuron at time t and in space point x, respectively; \(D_{ik}\geq 0\) and \(\tilde{D}_{jk}\geq 0\) represent transmission diffusion coefficients along the ith and jth neuron, respectively; \(p_{i}\) and \(q_{j}\) stand for the passive decay rates to the state of ith and jth neuron, respectively; \(b_{ji}\), \(\tilde{b}_{ji}\), \(d_{ij}\), and \(\tilde{d}_{ij}\) are the connection strengths between the neurons; \(f_{j}(\nu )\) and \(g_{i}(\nu )\) correspond to the respective neuron activation functions; \(\theta _{ji(t)}\) and \(\tau _{ij}\) correspond to the continuous time-varying discrete delays, respectively satisfying \(0\leq \theta _{ji}(t)\leq \theta _{ji}\) and \(0\leq \tau _{ij}(t)\leq \tau _{ij}\); \(I_{i}\) and \(J_{j}\) denote to the external inputs on the ith and jth neuron, respectively.

Through out the paper, we assume that the neuron activation functions \(f_{j}(\nu )\), \(g_{j}(\nu )\) and time-varying delays \(\tau _{ij}(t)\), \(\sigma _{ij}(t)\) satisfy the following assumptions:

Assumption 1

For any \(i\in \mathcal{I}\), \(j\in \mathcal{J}\), there exist constants \(L_{j}^{f}\) and \(L_{i}^{g}\) such that

$$\begin{aligned} & \bigl\vert f_{j}(\nu _{1})-f_{j}(\nu _{2}) \bigr\vert \leq L_{j}^{f} \vert \nu _{1} -\nu _{2} \vert , \quad \nu _{1}, \nu _{2} \in \mathbb{R}, \\ & \bigl\vert g_{i}(\nu _{1})-g_{i}(\nu _{2}) \bigr\vert \leq L_{i}^{g} \vert \nu _{1} -\nu _{2} \vert , \quad \nu _{1}, \nu _{2} \in \mathbb{R}. \end{aligned}$$

Assumption 2

Time-varying delays \(\theta _{ji}(t)\) and \(\tau _{ij}(t)\) are differentiable, and there exist constants \(\mu _{ji}, \kappa _{ij}\in (0,1)\) such that

$$\begin{aligned} &0\leq \dot{\theta }_{ji}(t) \leq \mu _{ji}, \\ &0\leq \dot{\tau }_{ij}(t) \leq \kappa _{ij}. \end{aligned}$$

The corresponding system of (1) is given as

$$ \begin{aligned} &\frac{\partial \tilde{u}_{i}}{\partial t}=\sum_{k=1}^{\ell } \frac{\partial }{\partial x_{k}} \biggl( D_{ik} \frac{\partial \tilde{u}_{i}}{\partial x_{k}} \biggr) -p_{i}\tilde{u}_{i}(t,x)+ \sum _{j=1}^{n} b_{ji}f_{j} \bigl( \tilde{v}_{j}(t,x) \bigr)\\ &\hphantom{\frac{\partial \tilde{u}_{i}}{\partial t}=}{}+\sum_{j=1}^{n} \tilde{b}_{ji}f_{j} \bigl(\tilde{v}_{j} \bigl(t- \theta _{ji}(t) \bigr) \bigr)+I_{i}+\phi _{i}(t,x), \\ &\frac{\partial \tilde{v}_{j}}{\partial t}=\sum_{k=1}^{\ell } \frac{\partial }{\partial x_{k}} \biggl( \tilde{D}_{jk} \frac{\partial \tilde{v}_{j}}{\partial x_{k}} \biggr) -q_{j} \tilde{v}_{j}(t,x)+\sum _{i=1}^{m} d_{ij}g_{i} \bigl( \tilde{u}_{i}(t,x) \bigr)\\ &\hphantom{\frac{\partial \tilde{v}_{j}}{\partial t}=}{}+ \sum_{i=1}^{m} \tilde{d}_{ij}g_{i} \bigl(\tilde{u}_{i} \bigl(t- \tau _{ij}(t) \bigr) \bigr)+J_{j}+ \varphi _{j}(t,x), \end{aligned} $$

where \(\phi _{i}(t,x)\) and \(\varphi (t,x)\) are the external control inputs to be designed.

Let \(e_{i}(t,x)=\tilde{u}_{i}(t,x)-u_{i}(t,x)\) and \(z_{j}(t,x)=\tilde{v}_{j} (t,x) - v_{j}(t,x)\), then the error system between (1) and (4) is rewritten as

$$ \begin{aligned} &\frac{\partial e_{i}}{\partial t}=\sum _{k=1}^{\ell } \frac{\partial }{\partial x_{k}} \biggl( D_{ik} \frac{\partial e_{i}}{\partial x_{k}} \biggr) -p_{i}e_{i}(t,x)\\ &\hphantom{\frac{\partial e_{i}}{\partial t}=}{}+\sum _{j=1}^{n} b_{ji}\tilde{f}_{j} \bigl(z_{j}(t,x) \bigr)+\sum_{j=1}^{n} \tilde{b}_{ji} \tilde{f}_{j} \bigl(z_{j} \bigl(t- \theta _{ji}(t) \bigr) \bigr)+\phi _{i}(t,x), \\ &\frac{\partial z_{j}}{\partial t}=\sum_{k=1}^{\ell } \frac{\partial }{\partial x_{k}} \biggl( \tilde{D}_{jk} \frac{\partial z_{j}}{\partial x_{k}} \biggr) -q_{j} z_{j}(t,x)\\ &\hphantom{\frac{\partial z_{j}}{\partial t}=}{}+\sum_{i=1}^{m} d_{ij}\tilde{g}_{i} \bigl(e_{i}(t,x) \bigr)+\sum _{i=1}^{m} \tilde{d}_{ij} \tilde{g}_{i} \bigl(e_{i} \bigl(t-\tau _{ij}(t) \bigr) \bigr)+\varphi _{j}(t,x), \end{aligned} $$


$$\begin{aligned} &\tilde{f}_{j} \bigl(z_{j}(t,x) \bigr)=f_{j} ( \tilde{v}_{j}(t,x) -f_{j} \bigl(v_{j}(t,x) \bigr), \\ &\tilde{f}_{j} \bigl(z_{j} \bigl(t-\theta _{ji}(t),x \bigr) \bigr)=f_{j} (\tilde{v}_{j} \bigl(t- \theta _{ji}(t),x \bigr) -f_{j} \bigl(v_{j} \bigl(t-\theta _{ji}(t),x \bigr) \bigr), \\ &\tilde{g}_{i} \bigl(e_{i}(t,x) \bigr)=g_{i} ( \tilde{u}_{i}(t,x) -g_{i} \bigl(u_{i}(t,x) \bigr), \\ &\tilde{g}_{i} \bigl(e_{i} \bigl(t-\tau _{ji}(t),x \bigr) \bigr)=g_{i} (\tilde{u}_{i} \bigl(t-\tau _{ji}(t),x \bigr) -g_{i} \bigl(u_{i} \bigl(t-\tau _{ji}(t),x \bigr) \bigr). \end{aligned}$$

Definition 1


If the function \(\psi (t):\mathbb{R}^{+}\rightarrow (0,+\infty )\) satisfies the following four conditions:

  1. (1)

    \(\psi (t)\) is differentiable and nondecreasing;

  2. (2)

    \(\psi (0)=1\) and \(\psi (+\infty )=+\infty \);

  3. (3)

    \(\tilde{\psi }(t):=\frac{\dot{\psi }(t)}{\psi (t)}\) is nonincreasing;

  4. (4)

    \(\psi (\mu +\nu )\leq \psi (\mu )\psi (\nu )\) for all \(\mu ,\nu \geq 0\),

then the function \(\psi (t)\) is called a ψ-type function.

Definition 2

If there exists a scalar \(\varepsilon >0\) such that

$$\begin{aligned} \limsup_{t\rightarrow \infty } \frac{\ln (\int _{\varOmega } \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2} + \Vert z(t,x) \Vert ^{2} \,dx ) }{\ln \psi (t)} \leq -\varepsilon , \end{aligned}$$

where \(e(t,x)=(e_{1}(t,x),e_{2}(t,x),\dots ,e_{m}(t,x))^{T}\), \(z(t,x)=(z_{1}(t,x),z_{2}(t,x),\dots ,z_{n}(t,x))^{T}\), and \(\psi (t)\) is a ψ-type function defined in Definition 1, then drive–response systems (1) and (4) are said to be general decay synchronized.

Lemma 1

If there exist a function \(\varrho (t)\in C(\mathbb{R},\mathbb{R}^{+})\), a Lyapunov functional \(V(t):\mathbb{R}^{+} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^{+}\), and constants \(r_{1}\), \(r_{2}\)satisfying the following:

$$\begin{aligned} &\tilde{\psi }(t) \leq 1, \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} & \sup_{t\in [0,+\infty )} \int _{0}^{t}\psi ^{ \varepsilon }(s)\varrho (s) \,ds< + \infty , \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} & r_{1} \int _{\varOmega } \bigl\Vert e(t) \bigr\Vert ^{2}+ \bigl\Vert z(t) \bigr\Vert ^{2} \,dx \leq V(t), \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} & \frac{dV(t)}{dt}+\varepsilon V(t)\leq r_{2} \varrho (t), \end{aligned}$$

where ε is defined in Definition 2, while \(\psi (t)\)and \(\tilde{\psi }(t)\)are defined in Definition 1, then the drive–response systems (1) and (4) are general decay synchronized.


It can be easily obtained that

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{d[\psi ^{\varepsilon }(t)V(t)]}{dt}&=\varepsilon \psi ^{ \varepsilon -1}\dot{\psi }(t) V(t)+\psi ^{\varepsilon }\dot{V}(t), \end{aligned}$$

from which we can get following by utilizing (6) and (9):

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{d[\psi ^{\varepsilon }(t)V(t)]}{dt}&\leq \varepsilon \psi ^{ \varepsilon }(t) \frac{\dot{\psi }(t)}{\psi (t)} V(t)-\varepsilon \psi ^{\varepsilon }(t) V(t)+r_{2}\psi ^{\varepsilon } \varrho (t) \\ &=\varepsilon \psi ^{\varepsilon }(t) \bigl(\tilde{\psi }(t)-1 \bigr)V(t)+r_{2} \psi ^{\varepsilon }(t)\varrho (t) \\ &\leq r_{2} \psi ^{\varepsilon }(t) \varrho (t). \end{aligned}$$

Using the condition \(\psi (0)=1\) in Definition 1 and (7), we get

$$\begin{aligned} \psi ^{\varepsilon }(t) V(t) \leq \int _{0}^{t} r_{2} \psi ^{ \varepsilon } \varrho (t)\,dt -V(0) < +\infty , \end{aligned}$$

then, using (8), one has

$$\begin{aligned} r_{1} \psi ^{\varepsilon } \int _{\varOmega } \bigl\Vert e(t,x) \bigr\Vert ^{2} + \bigl\Vert z(t,x) \bigr\Vert ^{2}\,dx < +\infty . \end{aligned}$$

Thus there must exist a constant \(M>0\) such that

$$\begin{aligned} r_{1} \psi ^{\varepsilon } \int _{\varOmega } \bigl\Vert e(t,x) \bigr\Vert ^{2} + \bigl\Vert z(t,x) \bigr\Vert ^{2}\,dx \leq M, \end{aligned}$$

which yields

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{\ln \int _{\varOmega } \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2} + \Vert z(t,x) \Vert ^{2}\,dx}{\ln \psi (t)} \leq \frac{\ln \frac{M}{r_{1}}}{\ln \psi (t)} -\varepsilon . \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} \limsup_{t\rightarrow +\infty } \frac{\ln \int _{\varOmega } \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2} + \Vert z(t,x) \Vert ^{2}\,dx}{\ln \psi (t)} \leq \varepsilon . \end{aligned}$$

This completes the proof. □

Lemma 2

(Poincaré inequality)

Assume Ω is a bounded open subset of \(\mathbb{R}^{n}\)and suppose \(u\in H_{0}^{1}(\varOmega )\). Then we have

$$\begin{aligned} \int _{\varOmega } u^{2} \,dx \leq \frac{1}{c} \int _{ \varOmega }\sum_{k=1}^{\ell } \biggl(\frac{\partial u}{\partial x_{k}} \biggr)^{2} \,dx. \end{aligned}$$

Main results

In this paper, the external control inputs \(\phi _{i}(t,x)\) and \(\varphi _{j}(t,x)\) are designed as

$$ \begin{aligned} &\phi _{i}(t,x)=- \frac{\eta _{i} \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2} e_{i}(t,x)}{( \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2}+\varrho (t)}, \\ &\varphi _{j}(t,x)=- \frac{\lambda _{j} \Vert z(t,x) \Vert ^{2} z_{j}(t,x)}{ \Vert z(t,x) \Vert ^{2}+\varrho (t)}, \end{aligned} $$

where \(\eta _{i}\) for \(i\in \mathcal{I}\) and \(\lambda _{j}\) for \(j\in \mathcal{J}\) are positive control gains.

Theorem 1

Suppose that Assumptions 1and 2hold, and there exists a function \(\varrho (t)\in C(\mathbb{R},\mathbb{R}^{+})\)satisfying (7) with a ψ-type function satisfying (6), then (4) can be general decay synchronized with system (1) under the feedback controller (11) if the control gains \(\eta _{i}\)and \(\lambda _{j}\)satisfy the following inequalities:

$$ \begin{aligned} &c_{i}D_{i} + p_{i} +\eta _{i} -\sum_{j=1}^{n} \biggl( \frac{L_{i}^{g}}{2} \vert d_{ij} \vert +\frac{L_{j}^{f}}{2} \vert b_{ji} \vert + \frac{L_{j}^{f}}{2} \vert \tilde{b}_{ji} \vert +\sigma _{ij}\chi _{ij}+ \frac{\pi _{ij}}{1-\kappa _{ij}} \biggr)>0, \\ &\tilde{c}_{j} \tilde{D}_{j} + q_{j} +\lambda _{j} -\sum_{i=1}^{m} \biggl( \frac{L_{j}^{f}}{2} \vert b_{ji} \vert +\frac{L_{i}^{g}}{2} \vert d_{ij} \vert + \frac{L_{i}^{g}}{2} \vert \tilde{d}_{ij} \vert +\tau _{ij}\nu _{ij}+ \frac{\omega _{ij}}{1-\mu _{ij}} \biggr)>0. \end{aligned} $$


Consider the following Lyapunov functional:

$$ V(t)=V_{1}(t)+V_{2}(t), $$


$$ \begin{aligned} &V_{1}(t)= \int _{\varOmega }\sum_{i=1}^{m} \frac{1}{2} e_{i}^{2} (t,x)+ \sum _{i=1}^{m} \sum_{j=1}^{n} \int _{t-\sigma _{ij}(t)}^{t} \frac{\pi _{ij}}{(1-\kappa _{ij})} e_{i}^{2}(s,x)\,ds\\ &\hphantom{V_{1}(t)=}{}+\sum_{i=1}^{m} \sum_{j=1}^{n} \int _{-\sigma _{ij}}^{0} \int _{t+s}^{t} \chi _{ij}e_{i}^{2}(r,x) \,dr \,ds \,dx, \\ &V_{2}(t)= \int _{\varOmega }\sum_{j=1}^{n} \frac{1}{2} z_{i}^{2} (t,x)+ \sum _{j=1}^{n} \sum_{i=1}^{m} \int _{t-\tau _{ij}(t)}^{t} \frac{\omega _{ij}}{(1-\mu _{ij})} z_{j}^{2}(s,x)\,ds\\ &\hphantom{V_{2}(t)=}{}+\sum_{j=1}^{n} \sum_{i=1}^{m} \int _{-\tau _{ij}}^{0} \int _{t+s}^{t} \nu _{ij}z_{i}^{2}(r,x) \,dr \,ds \,dx. \end{aligned} $$

It is not difficult to prove that there exist positive scalars \(\xi >1\) and \(\gamma >1\) such that

$$ \begin{aligned} & \int _{\varOmega }\frac{1}{2} \sum_{i=1}^{m} e_{i}^{2}(t,x)\,dx \leq V_{1}(t) \leq \int _{\varOmega }\xi \sum_{i=1}^{m} e_{i}^{2}(t,x) + \frac{\xi }{\alpha } \sum _{i=1}^{m} \sum_{j=1}^{n} \chi _{ij} \int _{t- \sigma _{ij}}^{t} e_{i}^{2}(s,x) \,ds \,dx, \\ & \int _{\varOmega }\frac{1}{2} \sum_{j=1}^{n} z_{i}^{2}(t,x)\,dx \leq V_{2}(t) \leq \int _{\varOmega }\gamma \sum_{j=1}^{n} z_{i}^{2}(t,x) + \frac{\gamma }{\beta } \sum _{j=1}^{n} \sum_{i=1}^{m} \nu _{ij} \int _{t- \tau _{ij}}^{t} z_{i}^{2}(s,x) \,ds \,dx, \end{aligned} $$

where \(\alpha = \min_{i\in \mathcal{I}}\{\alpha _{i}\}\), \(\beta =\min_{j \in \mathcal{J}}\{\beta _{j}\} \) with

$$ \begin{aligned} &\alpha _{i}=c_{i}D_{i} + p_{i} +\eta _{i} -\sum_{j=1}^{n} \biggl( \frac{L_{i}^{g}}{2} \vert d_{ij} \vert +\frac{L_{j}^{f}}{2} \vert b_{ji} \vert + \frac{L_{j}^{f}}{2} \vert \tilde{b}_{ji} \vert +\sigma _{ij}\chi _{ij} + \frac{\pi _{ij}}{1-\kappa _{ij}} \biggr), \\ &\beta _{j}=\tilde{c}_{j} \tilde{D}_{j} + q_{j} +\lambda _{j} -\sum_{i=1}^{m} \biggl( \frac{L_{j}^{f}}{2} \vert b_{ji} \vert +\frac{L_{i}^{g}}{2} \vert d_{ij} \vert + \frac{L_{i}^{g}}{2} \vert \tilde{d}_{ij} \vert +\tau _{ij}\nu _{ij} + \frac{\omega _{ij}}{1-\mu _{ij}} \biggr). \end{aligned} $$

where \(D_{i}=\min_{k}\{D_{ik}\}\) and \(\tilde{D}_{j} =\min_{k}\{\tilde{D}_{jk}\}\) for all \(k\in \{1,2, \dots ,\ell \}\).

Now, calculate the time derivative of \(V_{1}(t)\) and \(V_{2}(t)\):

$$\begin{aligned} \dot{V}_{1} &= \int _{\varOmega } \sum_{i=1}^{m} \Biggl[ e_{i}(t,x) \frac{\partial e_{i}}{\partial t}(t,x)+\sum _{j=1}^{n} \biggl( \frac{\pi _{ij}}{(1-\kappa _{ij})}e_{i}^{2}(t,x) - \frac{\pi _{ij}(1-\dot{\sigma }_{ij}(t))}{(1-\kappa _{ij})}e_{i}^{2} \bigl(t- \sigma _{ij}(t),x \bigr) \biggr) \Biggr] \\ &\quad{}+\sum_{j=1}^{n} \chi _{ij} \int _{-\sigma _{ij}}^{0} e_{i}^{2} (t,x)-e_{i}^{2}(t+s,x)\,ds ]\,dx \\ &= \int _{\varOmega } \sum_{i=1}^{m} \Biggl[ e_{i}(t,x)\sum_{k=1}^{\ell }D_{ik} \frac{\partial ^{2} e_{i}}{\partial x_{k}^{2}} -p_{i} e_{i}^{2} (t,x)+ \sum _{j=1}^{n} b_{ji}e_{i}(t,x) \tilde{f}_{j} \bigl(z_{j}(t,x) \bigr) \\ &\quad{}+\sum_{j=1}^{n} \tilde{b}_{ji} e_{i}(t,x)\tilde{f}_{j} \bigl(z_{j} \bigl(t- \theta _{ji}(t),x \bigr) \bigr)- \frac{\eta _{i} \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2} e_{i}^{2}(t,x)}{( \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2} + \varrho (t))} \\ &\quad{}+\sum_{j=1}^{n} \biggl( \frac{\pi _{ij}}{(1-\kappa _{ij})}e_{i}^{2}(t,x)- \frac{\pi _{ij}(1-\dot{\sigma }_{ij}(t))}{(1-\kappa _{ij})}e_{i}^{2} \bigl(t- \sigma _{ij}(t),x \bigr) \biggr) \\ &\quad{}+\sum_{j=1}^{n} \sigma _{ij}\chi _{ij} e_{i}^{2}(t,x)-\sum _{j=1}^{n} \chi _{ij} \int _{t-\sigma _{ij}}^{t} e_{i}^{2} (s,x) \,ds \Biggr] \,dx, \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} \int _{\varOmega } e_{i}(t,x) \sum _{k=1}^{\ell }D_{ik} \frac{\partial ^{2} e_{i}}{\partial x_{k}^{2}}\,dz&= \int _{\partial \varOmega }e_{i}(t,z)\sum _{k=1}^{\ell }D_{ik} \frac{\partial e_{i}}{\partial x_{k}}\,dx - \int _{\varOmega }\sum_{k=1}^{ \ell }D_{ik} \biggl(\frac{\partial e_{i}}{\partial x_{k}} \biggr)^{2}\,dx \\ &=- \int _{\varOmega }\sum_{k=1}^{\ell }D_{ik} \biggl( \frac{\partial e_{i}}{\partial x_{k}} \biggr)^{2}\,dx. \end{aligned}$$

Since \(D_{i} = \min_{k}\{D_{ik}\}\) for all \(k\in \{1,2,\dots ,\ell \}\), one gets the following inequality via Lemma 2:

$$\begin{aligned} \int _{\varOmega } e_{i}(t,x) \sum _{k=1}^{\ell }D_{ik} \frac{\partial ^{2} e_{i}}{\partial x_{k}^{2}}\,dx&\leq - \int _{\varOmega } c_{i}D_{i} e_{i}^{2}(t,x)\,dx. \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} \dot{V}_{1}(t)&\leq \int _{\varOmega } \sum_{i=1}^{m} \Biggl[-c_{i}D_{i} e_{i}^{2}(t,x)-p_{i} e_{i}^{2}(t,x)+\sum_{j=1}^{n} b_{ji} e_{i}(t,x)\tilde{f}_{j} \bigl(z_{j}(t,x) \bigr) \\ &\quad{}+\sum_{j=1}^{n} \tilde{b}_{ji} e_{i}(t,x)\tilde{f}_{j} \bigl(z_{j} \bigl(t- \theta _{ji}(t),x \bigr) \bigr)- \frac{\eta _{i} \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2} e_{i}^{2}(t,x)}{( \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2} + \varrho (t))} \\ &\quad{}+\sum_{j=1}^{n} \biggl( \frac{\pi _{ij}}{(1-\kappa _{ij})}e_{i}^{2}(t,x)- \frac{\pi _{ij}(1-\dot{\sigma }_{ij}(t))}{(1-\kappa _{ij})}e_{i}^{2} \bigl(t- \sigma _{ij}(t),x \bigr) \biggr) \\ &\quad{}+\sum_{j=1}^{n} \sigma _{ij}\chi _{ij} e_{i}^{2}(t,x)-\sum _{j=1}^{n} \chi _{ij} \int _{t-\sigma _{ij}}^{t} e_{i}^{2} (s,x) \,ds \Biggr] \,dx. \end{aligned}$$

In the light of Assumption 1, we have

$$\begin{aligned} \dot{V}_{1}(t)&\leq \int _{\varOmega }-\sum_{i=1}^{m} (c_{i}D_{i} + p_{i}) e_{i}^{2}(t,x)+ \sum_{i=1}^{m} \sum _{j=1}^{n} \frac{L_{j}^{f}}{2} \vert b_{ji} \vert \bigl(e_{i}^{2}(t,x)+z_{j}^{2}(t,x) \bigr) \\ &\quad{}+\sum_{i=1}^{m} \sum _{j=1}^{n}\frac{L_{j}^{f}}{2} \vert \tilde{b}_{ji} \vert \bigl(e_{i}^{2}(t,x)+z_{j}^{2} \bigl(t- \theta _{ji}(t),x \bigr) \bigr) -\sum _{i=1}^{m} \eta _{i} e_{i}^{2}(t,x) \\ &\quad{}+\sum_{i=1}^{m} \biggl(\eta _{i}e_{i}^{2}(t,x)- \frac{\eta _{i} \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2} e_{i}^{2}(t,x)}{( \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2} + \varrho (t))} \biggr) + \sum_{i=1}^{m} e_{i}^{2}(t,x) \sum_{j=1}^{n} \frac{\pi _{ij}}{1-\kappa _{ij}} \\ &\quad{}+\sum_{i=1}^{m} \sum _{j=1}^{n}\sigma _{ij}\chi _{ij}e_{i}^{2}(t,x)- \sum _{i=1}^{m} \sum_{j=1}^{n} \chi _{ij} \int _{t-\sigma _{ij}}^{t} e_{i}^{2}(s,x) \,ds \,dx. \end{aligned}$$

Here we used the following inequality:

$$\begin{aligned} \sum_{i=1}^{m} \biggl(\eta _{i} e_{i}^{2}(t,x)- \frac{\eta _{i} \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2} e_{i}^{2}(t,x)}{( \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2} + \varrho (t))} \biggr)&= \sum _{i=1}^{m} \frac{\eta _{i} \varrho (t)e_{i}^{2}(t,x)}{\|e(t,x)|^{2}+\varrho (t)} \\ &\leq \max_{i\in \mathcal{I}}\{\eta _{i} \} \frac{\varrho (t)}{ \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2}+\varrho (t)} \sum_{i=1}^{m} e_{i}^{2}(t,x) \\ &=\eta \frac{\varrho (t) \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2}}{ \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2}+\varrho (t)} \leq \eta \varrho (t). \end{aligned}$$

Due to \(0\leq ab/(a+b)\leq a\) for any \(a>0\) and \(b>0\), where \(\eta =\max_{i\in \mathcal{I}}\{\eta _{i}\}>0\),

$$\begin{aligned} \dot{V}_{1}(t)&\leq \int _{\varOmega } \sum_{i=1}^{m} \Biggl[-c_{i}D_{i} -p_{i} -\eta _{i} + \sum_{j=1}^{n} \biggl( \frac{L_{j}^{f}}{2} \vert b_{ji} \vert + \frac{L_{j}^{f}}{2} \vert \tilde{b}_{ji} \vert +\frac{\pi _{ij}}{1-\kappa _{ij}}+ \sigma _{ij}\chi _{ij} \biggr) \Biggr]e_{i}^{2}(t,x) \\ &\quad{}+\sum_{i=1}^{m}\sum _{j=1}^{n} \frac{L_{j}^{f}}{2} \vert b_{ji} \vert z_{j}^{2}(t,x)+ \eta \varrho (t) - \sum _{i=1}^{m}\sum_{j=1}^{n} \chi _{ij} \int _{t- \sigma _{ij}}^{t} e_{i}^{2}(s,x) \,ds \,dx. \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} \dot{V}_{2}(t)&\leq \int _{\varOmega } \sum_{j=1}^{n} \Biggl[-\tilde{c}_{j} \tilde{D}_{j} -q_{j} - \lambda _{j} +\sum_{i=1}^{m} \biggl( \frac{L_{i}^{g}}{2} \vert d_{ij} \vert +\frac{L_{i}^{g}}{2} \vert \tilde{d}_{ij} \vert + \frac{\omega _{ij}}{1-\mu _{ij}}+\tau _{ij} \nu _{ij} \biggr) \Biggr]z_{j}^{2}(t,x) \\ &\quad{}+\sum_{j=1}^{n}\sum _{i=1}^{m} \frac{L_{i}^{g}}{2} \vert d_{ij} \vert e_{i}^{2}(t,x)+ \lambda \varrho (t) - \sum _{j=1}^{n}\sum_{i=1}^{m} \nu _{ij} \int _{t- \tau _{ij}}^{t} z_{j}^{2}(s,x) \,ds \,dx, \end{aligned}$$

where \(\lambda =\max_{j\in \mathcal{J}}\{\lambda _{j}\}>0\). Then we have

$$\begin{aligned} \dot{V}(t) &\leq \int _{\varOmega } \sum_{i=1}^{m} \Biggl[ -c_{i}D_{i}-p_{i} -\eta _{i} + \sum_{j=1}^{n} \biggl( \frac{L_{i}^{g}}{2} \vert d_{ij} \vert + \frac{L_{j}^{f}}{2} \vert b_{ji} \vert +\frac{L_{j}^{f}}{2} \vert \tilde{b}_{ji} \vert + \sigma _{ij}\chi _{ij} \\ &\quad {}+\frac{\pi _{ij}}{1-\kappa _{ij}} \biggr) \Biggr]e_{i}^{2}(t,x) +\eta \varrho (t) - \sum_{i=1}^{m}\sum _{j=1}^{n}\chi _{ij} \int _{t- \sigma _{ij}}^{t} e_{i}^{2}(s,x) \,ds \\ &\quad{}+\sum_{j=1}^{n} \Biggl[ - \tilde{c}_{j} \tilde{D}_{j}-q_{j} - \lambda _{j} +\sum_{i=1}^{m} \biggl( \frac{L_{j}^{f}}{2} \vert b_{ji} \vert + \frac{L_{i}^{g}}{2} \vert d_{ij} \vert +\frac{L_{i}^{g}}{2} \vert \tilde{d}_{ij} \vert +\tau _{ij} \nu _{ij} \\ & \quad {} +\frac{\omega _{ij}}{1-\mu _{ij}} \biggr) \Biggr]z_{j}^{2}(t,x) +\lambda \varrho (t) - \sum_{j=1}^{n}\sum _{i=1}^{m}\nu _{ij} \int _{t- \tau _{ij}}^{t} z_{j}^{2}(s,x) \,ds \,dx \\ &\leq \int _{\varOmega } -\alpha \sum_{i=1}^{m} e_{i}^{2}(t,x)+\eta \varrho (t) - \sum _{i=1}^{m}\sum_{j=1}^{n} \chi _{ij} \int _{t- \sigma _{ij}}^{t} e_{i}^{2}(s,x) \,ds \\ &\quad{}-\beta \sum_{j=1}^{n} z_{j}^{2}(t,x)+ \lambda \varrho (t) - \sum_{j=1}^{n} \sum _{i=1}^{m}\nu _{ij} \int _{t-\tau _{ij}}^{t} z_{j}^{2}(s,x) \,ds \,dx. \end{aligned}$$

Then, there exists a small enough δ satisfying \(\delta \xi \leq \alpha \) and \(\delta \gamma \leq \beta \) such that

$$\begin{aligned} \dot{V}(t) +\delta V(t) &\leq \int _{\varOmega } -\alpha \sum_{i=1}^{m} e_{i}^{2}(t,x)+ \eta \varrho (t)-\sum _{i=1}^{m}\sum_{j=1}^{n} \chi _{ij} \int _{t- \sigma _{ij}}^{t} e_{i}^{2}(s,x) \,ds \\ &\quad{}+\delta \Biggl( \xi \sum_{i=1}^{m} e_{i}^{2} (t,x)+ \frac{\xi }{\alpha } \sum _{i=1}^{m}\sum_{j=1}^{n} \chi _{ij} \int _{t- \sigma _{ij}}^{t} e_{i}^{2}(s,x) \,ds \Biggr) \\ &\quad{}-\beta \sum_{j=1}^{n} z_{j}^{2}(t,x)+\lambda \varrho (t)- \sum _{j=1}^{n}\sum_{i=1}^{m} \nu _{ij} \int _{t-\tau _{ij}}^{t} z_{j}^{2}(s,x) \,ds \\ &\quad{}+\delta \Biggl( \gamma \sum_{j=1}^{n} z_{i}^{2}(t,x) + \frac{\gamma }{\beta } \sum _{j=1}^{n}\sum_{i=1}^{m} \nu _{ij} \int _{t- \tau _{ij}}^{t} z_{i}^{2}(s,x) \,ds \Biggr)\,dx \\ &=(\delta \xi -\alpha ) \sum_{i=1}^{m} e_{i}^{2}(t,x) +(\eta + \lambda )\varrho (t) - \biggl( \frac{\xi \delta }{\alpha }-1 \biggr) \sum_{i=1}^{m} \sum_{j=1}^{n}\chi _{ij} \int _{t-\sigma _{ij}}^{t}e_{i}^{2}(s,x) \,ds \\ &\quad{}+(\delta \gamma -\beta ) \sum_{j=1}^{n}z_{j}^{2} (t,x)- \biggl( \frac{\gamma \delta }{\beta }-1 \biggr)\sum_{j=1}^{n} \sum_{i=1}^{m}\nu _{ij} \int _{t-\tau _{ij}}^{t} z_{j}^{2}(s,x) \,ds \\ &\leq \int _{\varOmega } (\eta +\lambda )\varrho (t)\,dx \\ &=(\eta +\lambda ) \vert \varOmega \vert \varrho (t), \end{aligned}$$

and we have

$$ \dot{V}(t)+\delta V(t) \leq (\eta +\lambda ) \vert \varOmega \vert \varrho (t). $$

Therefore, by Lemma 1, the drive–response systems (1) and (4) achieve general decay synchronization under the nonlinear feedback controller (11). The convergence rate of \(e(t)\) and \(z(t)\) approaching zero is δ. The proof is completed. □

Remark 1

In this paper, we firstly studied the general decay synchronization of BAMNN with reaction–diffusions terms and time-varying delay by introducing a novel nonlinear feedback controller and using some inequality techniques. It it not difficult to see that the results obtained in [13, 16, 21, 23] can be seen as special cases of our results when the general decay function is chosen as \(\psi (t) = e^{\alpha t} \) or \(\psi (t) = (1 + t)^{\alpha }\) for any \(\alpha > 0\). From this viewpoint, our results are more general and have better applicability.

Numerical examples

In this section, a numerical example is provided to validate the effectiveness of the established theoretical results in this paper.


For \(\ell =1\), \(n=m=2\), consider the following BAMNN with reaction–diffusion terms,

$$ \begin{aligned} &\frac{\partial u_{i}}{\partial t}= D_{i1} \frac{\partial }{\partial x_{k}} \biggl( \frac{\partial u_{i}}{\partial x_{k}} \biggr) -p_{i}u_{i}(t,x)+ \sum_{j=1}^{2} b_{ji}f_{j} \bigl(v_{j}(t,x) \bigr)+\sum_{j=1}^{2} \tilde{b}_{ji}f_{j} \bigl(v_{j} \bigl(t- \theta _{ji}(t) \bigr) \bigr)+I_{i}, \\ &\frac{\partial v_{j}}{\partial t}=\tilde{D}_{j1} \frac{\partial }{\partial x_{k}} \biggl( \frac{\partial v_{j}}{\partial x_{k}} \biggr) -q_{j} v_{j}(t,x)+\sum _{i=1}^{2} d_{ij}g_{i} \bigl(u_{i}(t,x) \bigr)+\sum_{i=1}^{2} \tilde{d}_{ij}g_{i} \bigl(u_{i} \bigl(t- \tau _{ij}(t) \bigr) \bigr)+J_{j}, \end{aligned} $$

for \(x\times t \in [-5,5]\times [0,1]\), with the following Neumann boundary condition:

$$ \frac{\partial u_{i}}{\partial x}\bigg|_{x= \pm 5}=0, \qquad \frac{\partial v_{j}}{\partial x}\bigg|_{x=\pm 5}=0, \quad \text{for }t\in [0,1], $$

where the parameters of system (17) are taken as \(D_{i1} =\tilde{D}_{j1}=0.1\), \(p_{i}=1\), \(q_{j}= 1.05\), \(b_{11}=1.8\), \(b_{12}=-0.15\), \(b_{21}=-5.2\), \(b_{22}=3.5\), \(\tilde{b}_{11} = -1.7\), \(\tilde{b}_{12} = -0.12\), \(\tilde{b}_{21} = -0.26\), \(\tilde{b}_{22} = -2.5\), \(d_{11}=1.71\), \(d_{12}=-0.1425\), \(d_{21}=-4.94\), \(d_{22}=3.325\), \(\tilde{d}_{11} = -1.87\), \(\tilde{d}_{12} = -0.132\), \(\tilde{d}_{21} = -0.286\), \(\tilde{d}_{22} = -2.75\), \(I_{i}=J_{j}=0\), neuron activation functions are chosen as \(f_{i}(\nu ) =g_{j}(\nu )=\tanh (\nu )\), and time-varying delays are chosen as \(\theta _{ji}(t)=\tau _{ij}(t)=\frac{e^{t}}{1+e^{t}}\) for \(i,j\in \{1,2\}\). The initial conditions of system (17) are chosen as

$$ \begin{aligned} &u_{1}(s,x)=0.2\cos (\pi x)+0.2, \qquad u_{2}(s,x)=0.5\cos (\pi x)+0.5, \\ &v_{1}(s,x)=0.4\cos (\pi x)+0.3, \qquad v_{2}(s,x)=0.7\cos (\pi x)+0.2 \\&\quad \text{for } s\times x\in [-1,0]\times [-5,5]. \end{aligned} $$

Matlab simulations of the drive system (17) under the above initial conditions are presented in Figs. 18, where we can see that the drive system (17) has a chaotic attractor.

Figure 1

Chaotic attractor of \({u}_{1}\) in (17)

Figure 2

Chaotic attractor of \({u}_{2}\) in (17)

Figure 3

Chaotic attractor of \(\tilde{u}_{1}\) in (17)

Figure 4

Chaotic attractor of \(\tilde{u}_{2}\) in (17)

Figure 5

Chaotic attractor of \({u}_{1}\) and \({u}_{2}\) in (17) with \({x}=-4\)

Figure 6

Chaotic attractor of \(\tilde{u}_{1}\) and \(\tilde{u}_{2}\) in (17) with \({x}=-1\)

Figure 7

Chaotic attractor of \({u}_{1}\) and \({u}_{2}\) in (17) with \({x}=1\)

Figure 8

Chaotic attractor of \(\tilde{u}_{1}\) and \(\tilde{u}_{2}\) in (17) with \({x}=3\)

The corresponding response system for the drive system (17) is given as

$$ \begin{aligned} &\frac{\partial \tilde{u}_{i}}{\partial t}=D_{i1} \frac{\partial }{\partial x} \biggl( \frac{\partial \tilde{u}_{i}}{\partial x} \biggr) -p_{i} \tilde{u}_{i}(t,x)+ \sum_{j=1}^{2} b_{ji}f_{j} \bigl(\tilde{v}_{j}(t,x) \bigr)\\ &\hphantom{\frac{\partial \tilde{u}_{i}}{\partial t}=}{}+\sum _{j=1}^{2} \tilde{b}_{ji}f_{j} \bigl(\tilde{v}_{1} \bigl(t-\theta _{11}(t) \bigr) \bigr)+I_{i}+\phi _{i}, \\ &\frac{\partial \tilde{v}_{j}}{\partial t}=\tilde{D}_{j1} \frac{\partial }{\partial x} \biggl( \frac{\partial v_{j}}{\partial x} \biggr)-q_{j} v_{j}(t,x)+\sum _{i=1}^{2} d_{ij}g_{i} \bigl( \tilde{u}_{i}(t,x) \bigr)\\ &\hphantom{\frac{\partial \tilde{v}_{j}}{\partial t}=}{}+ \sum_{i=1}^{2} \tilde{d}_{ij}g_{i} \bigl(\tilde{u}_{i} \bigl(t- \tau _{11}(t) \bigr) \bigr)+J_{j}+ \varphi _{j}, \end{aligned} $$

for \(x\times t \in [-5,5]\times [0,1]\), with the following Neumann boundary condition:

$$ \frac{\partial \tilde{u}_{1}}{\partial x} \bigg|_{x=\pm 1}=0, \qquad \frac{\partial \tilde{v}_{1}}{\partial x}\bigg|_{x=\pm 1}=0, \quad \text{for }t\in [0,1], $$

where \(\phi _{i}(t,x)\) and \(\varphi _{j}(t,x)\) are given as follows:

$$ \begin{aligned} &\phi _{i}(t,x)=- \frac{\eta _{i} \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2} e_{i}(t,x)}{( \Vert e(t,x) \Vert ^{2}+\varrho (t)}, \\ &\varphi _{j}(t,x)=- \frac{\lambda _{j} \Vert z(t,x) \Vert ^{2} z_{j}(t,x)}{ \Vert z(t,x) \Vert ^{2}+\varrho (t)}, \end{aligned} $$

where \(\eta _{1} = 5.6\), \(\eta _{2} = 6.8\), \(\lambda _{1} = 6.2\), \(\lambda _{2} = 7.1\), \(\varrho (t) = e^{-0.1t}\). The other parameters in (19) are the same as of system (17). The initial conditions of (19) are taken as

$$ \begin{aligned} &\tilde{u}_{1}(s,x)=0.8\cos (\pi x)+0.5, \qquad \tilde{u}_{2}(s,x)=-0.5 \cos (\pi x)+0.1, \\ &\tilde{v}_{1}(s,x)=1.2\cos (\pi x)+0.5, \qquad \tilde{v}_{2}(s,x)=-0.5 \cos (\pi x)+0.7\\ & \quad \text{for } s\times x\in [-1,0]\times [-5,5]. \end{aligned} $$

It is not difficult to estimate that \({L^{f}}_{i}=L^{g}_{j}=1\) and \(\mu _{ji}=\kappa _{ij}=1\). Thus, Assumptions 1 and 2 are satisfied. Letting \(\psi (t) = e^{ t}\), inequalities (6), (7), and (12) are satisfied. Therefore, according to Theorem 1, the drive–response systems (17) and (19) can achieve general decay synchronization under the controller (19). The time evolution of synchronization errors between master–slave systems (17) and (19) are show in Figs. 912, from where we can see that \(e_{i}(t,x)\) and \(z_{j}(t,x)\) are very close to 0 and maintain this situation as time t increases.

Figure 9

Evaluation of synchronization error \({e}_{1}\)

Figure 10

Evaluation of synchronization error \({e}_{2}\)

Figure 11

Evaluation of synchronization error \({z}_{1}\)

Figure 12

Evaluation of synchronization error \({z}_{2}\)

Remark 2

Unlike the synchronization studies for neural networks such as [13, 16, 20, 21, 23], the convergence rate of the synchronization error can be controlled by appropriately choosing the function \(\varrho (t)\) in the paper, this is because general decay synchronization enables us to estimate to convergence rate of synchronization error via defining a more general convergence rate. From this viewpoint, our results are more general and have better applicability.


In this paper, first, we introduce a useful lemma to determine the general decay synchronization of the considered drive–response system, and then the nonlinear feedback controllers are designed for synchronization of delayed reaction–diffusion bidirectional associative memory neural networks with Neumann boundary condition via applying Lyapunov functional method and Poincaré inequality, and useful new conditions are obtained. This result generalizes the previous results to some extent [15, 21, 26]. In addition, one numerical example is given to show the effectiveness of the proposed model.


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