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The important parameters of network topology and data transmission rate are examined in the light of their effect on the design of centralized computer-communication networks. Existing algorithms for the design of centralized nets are reviewed and restrictions on their use are noted. Various methods for formulating performance constraints are presented and their suitability in the light of available traffic data is discussed. Suggestions are made concerning how existing design procedures can be extended. The motivation for such efforts stems from a need for the development of advanced prodecures that enable least costly networks to be readily configured.