A team of researchers at Northeastern University, led by famous networks researcher and physicist Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, explored how the concept of sustainability can be implemented in network analysis. The researchers approached this idea by defining the concept of control energy or “the amount of effort needed to control real-world complex systems.” They reported that this new metric can be utilized in all kinds of real-world complex systems, such as identifying critical points in online network security systems. By using this new metric, a cost benefit analysis could be administered in order to identify exactly how much external energy needs to be inputted into drivers’ nodes in order to create the most efficient complex system.

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