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Multicriteria network design using evolutionary algorithm

By Rajeev Kumar and Nilanjan Banerjee


Abstract. In this paper, we revisit a general class of multi-criteria multi-constrained network design problems and attempt to solve, in a novel way, with Evolutionary Algorithms (EAs). A major challenge to solving such problems is to capture possibly all the (representative) equivalent and diverse solutions. In this work, we formulate, without loss of generality, a bi-criteria bi- constrained communication network topological design problem. Two of the primary objectives to be optimized are network delay and cost subject to satisfaction of reliability and flowconstraints. This is a NP-hard problem so we use a hybrid approach (for initialization of the population) along with EA. Furthermore, the twoobjective optimal solution front is not known a priori. Therefore, we use a multiobjective EA which produces diverse solution space and monitors convergence; the EA has been demonstrated to work effectively across complex problems of unknown nature. We tested this approach for designing networks of different sizes and found that the approach scales well with larger networks. Results thus obtained are compared with those obtained by two traditional approaches namely, the exhaustive search and branch exchange heuristics.

Publisher: Springer
Year: 2003
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