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Method of evaluating, expanding, and collapsing connectivity regions within dynamic systems

United States Patent

November 16, 2004
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An automated process defines and maintains connectivity regions within a dynamic network. The automated process requires an initial input of a network component around which a connectivity region will be defined. The process automatically and autonomously generates a region around the initial input, stores the region's definition, and monitors the network for a change. Upon detecting a change in the network, the effect is evaluated, and if necessary the regions are adjusted and redefined to accommodate the change. Only those regions of the network affected by the change will be updated. This process eliminates the need for an operator to manually evaluate connectivity regions within a network. Since the automated process maintains the network, the reliance on an operator is minimized; thus, reducing the potential for operator error. This combination of region maintenance and reduced operator reliance, results in a reduction of overall error.
Bailey; David A. (Schenectady, NY)
The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
10/ 309,286
December 4, 2002
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with government support under contract number DE-AC 12-76SNO0052 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government may have certain rights in this invention.