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Goles, E., & Salinas, L. (2008). Comparison between parallel and serial dynamics of Boolean networks. Theor. Comput. Sci., 396(1-3), 247–253.
Abstract: In this article we study some aspects about the graph associated with parallel and serial behavior of a Boolean network. We conclude that the structure of the associated graph can give some information about the attractors of the network. We show that the length of the attractors of Boolean networks with a graph by layers is a power of two and under certain conditions the only attractors are fixed points. Also, we show that, under certain conditions, dynamical cycles are not the same for parallel and serial updates of the same Boolean network. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords: Boolean network; synchronous update; asynchronous update; attractor; dynamical cycle; fixed point
Ruivo, E. L. P., Montalva-Medel, M., de Oliveira, P. P. B., & Perrot, K. (2018). Characterisation of the elementary cellular automata in terms of their maximum sensitivity to all possible asynchronous updates. Chaos Solitons Fractals, 113, 209–220.
Abstract: Cellular automata are fully-discrete dynamical systems with global behaviour depending upon their locally specified state transitions. They have been extensively studied as models of complex systems as well as objects of mathematical and computational interest. Classically, the local rule of a cellular automaton is iterated synchronously over the entire configuration. However, the question of how asynchronous updates change the behaviour of a cellular automaton has become a major issue in recent years. Here, we analyse the elementary cellular automata rule space in terms of how many different one-step trajectories a rule would entail when taking into account all possible deterministic ways of updating the rule, for one time step, over all possible initial configurations. More precisely, we provide a characterisation of the elementary cellular automata, by means of their one-step maximum sensitivity to all possible update schedules, that is, the property that any change in the update schedule causes the rule's one-step trajectories also to change after one iteration. Although the one-step maximum sensitivity does not imply that the remainder of the time-evolutions will be distinct, it is a necessary condition for that. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keywords: Cellular automaton; Asynchronous update; Update digraph; Discrete dynamics; One-step maximum sensitivity