Complexity and Complexity Bounds

A fundamental property of the complexity metric developed by Ontonix is that it has bounds – a lower and an upper bound. This means that it cannot assume infinite values (both negative and positive). If it could it wouldn’t be a good metric. All good metrics satisfy the laws of physics For example, a temperature…

Measuring and Tracking Complexity

Jacek Marczyk Ph.D., Balachandra Deshpande Ph.D. (2007) 1.   Introduction The study of complex systems such as the biosphere, gene expression data or the climate, has led to an increased understanding of their behaviour and characteristics and only now are we appreciating their overwhelming complexity. One common denominator of all these systems is, obviously, complexity. However,…

The Challenge of Managing Design Complexity

The complexity of modern products, as well as the associated manufacturing processes, has increased over the past few decades and there is evidence the trend will continue. Complexity means functionality. Consider how many things can be done with smartphones, in addition to making phone calls. Think of automobiles, which can maintain distance from the car…

Beyond Resilience. A U-turn?

Comment to our previous blog: Ontonix is launching a huge change and I love changes. Things that do not change scare me, because they look too much like death. However, for years we have been looking for resilience, we have been defining resilience, we have been measuring resilience, we have been preaching resilience. Are we…

Beyond Resilience

Resilience is a fancy, fashionable à la mode word. Being able to withstand the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune is something everyone wants. The ability to recover quickly, to spring back into the original shape is certainly desireable in any field. Nature builds resilient things. Engineers are sometimes able to create resilient designs. This…

Electronic Warfare and Complexity Management

In a modern battle scenario the proliferation of Electronic Warfare devices, electronic emitters and platforms as well as technologies to influence the EM spectrum, produces vast amounts of data. Devices such as jammers, radar jammers, countermeasure dispensing systems, decoys, flare/chaff dispensers, anti-radiation missiles, antennas, IR missile warning systems, laser warning systems, interference mitigation systems, electromagnetic…