On the scaling of functional spaces, from smart cities to cloud computing [article]

Mark Burgess
2016 arXiv   pre-print
The study of spacetime, and its role in understanding functional systems has received little attention in information science. Recent work, on the origin of universal scaling in cities and biological systems, provides an intriguing insight into the functional use of space, and its measurable effects. Cities are large information systems, with many similarities to other technological infrastructures, so the results shed new light indirectly on the scaling the expected behaviour of smart
more » ... infrastructures and the communities that make use of them. Using promise theory, I derive and extend the scaling laws for cities to expose what may be extrapolated to technological systems. From the promise model, I propose an explanation for some anomalous exponents in the original work, and discuss what changes may be expected due to technological advancement.
arXiv:1602.06091v1 fatcat:sf5dhy5nvfbplapw3lvbxfptem