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*From:*Neal Castagnoli*Date:*Wed Nov 13 18:52:35 1996
Routing does not use an exponential NP-Complete algorithm (like the travelling salesman). The travelling salesman problem tries to solve the cheapest way in which a salesman can visit every one of a set of cities. In fact, routing can be done in order (n) with a bounded metric and bounded distance, since it really is only trying to find the cheapest way to get to a single destination. What I don't know, is why is it that SS7, the telephone routing protocol, can do some of the things that are required, like load sharing across unequal paths, for example. Does anyone have any insight into this? --Neal >>> Avi Freedman <[email protected]> 11/09/96 05:31am >>> I understand that IOS 12.0 will solve the travelling salesman problem for arbitrary number of cities. Seems they had to find a way to solve NP-complete problems in sub-exponential time in order to give us better algorithms for guaranteed-optimal routing. Anyway, sorry to be snide - any suggestions you have about algorithms for exchanging routing data between (or inside of) providers that also takes into account link size and perhaps hop-count, as opposed to just AS-PATH, are welcome at the next IETF meeting. Avi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - |