On the Complexity of Channel Assignment for Real-time Flows


Consider a computer network in which adjacent nodes exchange messages via multiple communication channels. Multiple channels between adjacent nodes are desirable due to their cost effectiveness and improved fault-tolerance. We consider the problem of providing deterministic quality of service guarantees in this network. In particular, we consider a set of flows that traverse between a pair of neighboring nodes. Each flow must be assigned to one and only one of the channels joining the pair of nodes. We study the complexity of this flow assignment problem. We show the problem to be NP-hard, even under significant restrictions on the quality of service parameters of flows. We also present a pseudopolynomial solution to the problem when the number of channels is fixed.

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@inproceedings{Cobb2006OnTC, title={On the Complexity of Channel Assignment for Real-time Flows}, author={Jorge Arturo Cobb}, year={2006} }