By Charles M. Bergren

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Surely, not all the herring escape the tuna. The school simply changes shape to heal up the hole where the eaten herring once was, and life goes on. A distributed control system does have some disadvantages: ■ ■ Communication Sometimes it’s hard to communicate everything between individual control elements. A herring at the far side of the school doesn’t know a tuna is coming until his neighbor signals such. The panic signal spreads through the school like a wave, but it might be too late. This form of knowledge truly is power, and a matter of life and death.

The smaller the damping, the larger the overshoot. Overshoot can be important because it might cause your control system to lose track of the final target. Remember the robot competition we spoke of in the introduction? The robots were all too powerful and were zipping over the control line so far that they wandered out of the sensor range and became lost. That was too much overshoot. Settling time You might think that increasing the damping is always desirable in order to decrease the “ringing” and make the system settle down faster.

Here are some of the profound problems you’ll have to wrestle with. Forgive me for not explaining myself with all of these statements. I’d encourage you to consider each for yourself and delve into the reasons for these problems and their implications. FIGURE 2-1 Crickets are “smarter” than many computers. CONTROL SYSTEMS 21 ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ The truth is, the human brain is capable of massive calculations, far more than the average huge computer. If you doubt this, consider the game of chess, in which humans have been beating computers for years.

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