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Volume 27, Number 5, Page 464 (1983)
Communications Technology
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Address-Independent Routing for Local Networks

by P. A. Franaszek
A routing methodology is introduced which permits messages to be propagated throughout a network without recourse to destination or origin addresses. Two classes of networks, bidirectional trees and augmented rings, are analyzed from this point of view. An optimality property is proved for the bidirectional tree, and three types of address-independent routing strategies are derived. It is shown that augmented loops, a class of structures incorporating redundant links, may be rerouted to compensate for the failure of any single node or link.
Related Subjects: Communications and communication networks; Local area networks (LANs); Models and modeling