Graph Partitioning and Traffic Grooming with Bounded Degree Request Graph

  • Zhentao Li
  • Ignasi Sau
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5911)


We study a graph partitioning problem which arises from traffic grooming in optical networks. We wish to minimize the equipment cost in a SONET WDM ring network by minimizing the number of Add-Drop Multiplexers (ADMs) used. We consider the version introduced by Muñoz and Sau [12] where the ring is unidirectional with a grooming factor C, and we must design the network (namely, place the ADMs at the nodes) so that it can support any request graph with maximum degree at most Δ. This problem is essentially equivalent to finding the least integer M(C,Δ) such that the edges of any graph with maximum degree at most Δ can be partitioned into subgraphs with at most C edges and each vertex appears in at most M(C,Δ) subgraphs [12]. The cases where Δ= 2 and Δ = 3,C ≠ 4 were solved by Muñoz and Sau [12]. In this article we establish the value of M(C,Δ) for many more cases, leaving open only the case where Δ ≥ 5 is odd, \(\Delta \pmod{2C}\) is between 3 and C − 1, C ≥ 4, and the request graph does not contain a perfect matching. In particular, we answer a conjecture of [12].


optical networks traffic grooming ADM graph decomposition cubic graph 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhentao Li
    • 1
  • Ignasi Sau
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Mascotte project - INRIA/CNRS/UNS - Sophia AntipolisFrance
  3. 3.Graph Theory and Combinatorics group of UPCBarcelonaSpain

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