Tinkering with evolution: Ecological implications of modular software networks

Now, researchers in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University have shown the inverse namely, that network theory, when applied to software systems, provides surprising insights into biology, ecology and evolution. Specifically, they explored evolutionary behavior in complex systems by analyzing how the Debian GNU/Linux operating system utilizes modular code. While Fortuna notes that quantifying the increase of the codes modular structure time was the main insight of their study, he points out that reuse of code and softwares hierarchical structure were suggested by the pioneering work of Ricard V. The idea of using the network of dependencies and conflicts of different releases of the Debian operating system as a case study has facilitated the understanding of how code development evolves over time without the need to go deeper into the details of the code itself.

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