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This paper addresses the problem of topological design of ATM (and similar) communication networks. We formulate the problem from a worst-case point of view, seeking network desings that, subject to specified traffic constraints, are nonblocking for point-to-point and multicast virtual circuits. Within this model we give various conditions under which star networks are optimal or near-optimal. These conditions are approximately satisfied in many common situations making the results of practical significance. An important consequence of these results is that, where they apply, there is no added cost for nonblocking multicast communication, relative to networks that are nonblocking for point-to-point traffic only.
Fingerhut, J. Andrew; Suri, Subhash; and Turner, Jonathan S., "Designing Minimum Cost Nonblocking Communication Networks" Report Number: WUCS-96-06 (1996). All Computer Science and Engineering Research.