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Flow Trees: A Lower Bound Computation Tool with Applications to Rearrangeable Multihop Lightwave Network Optimization

Yener, Bulent; Boult, Terrance E.

This paper presents a new method for computing the lower bounds for multihop network design problems which is particularly well suited to optical networks. More specifically, given N stations each with d transceivers and pairwise average traffic values of the stations, the method provides a lower bound for the combined problem of finding optimum (i) allocation of wavelengths to the stations to determine a configuration, and (ii) routing of the traffic on this configuration while minimizing congestion - defined as the maximum flow assigned on any link. The lower bounds can be computed in time polynomial in the network size. Consequently, the results in this work yield a tool which can be used in (i) evaluating the quality of heuristic design algorithms, and (ii) determining a termination criteria during minimization. The lower bound computation is based on first building flow trees to find a lower bound on the total flow, and then distributing the total flow over the links to minimize the congestion.

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Computer Science
Publisher
Department of Computer Science, Columbia University
Series
Columbia University Computer Science Technical Reports, CUCS-006-94
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January 27, 2012