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The genetic algorithm (GA) and simulated annealing algorithm (SA) are empirically compared for the problem of optimizing the topological design of a network. In addition to the usual problem of optimizing only the placement of links, in this paper the number and placement of concentrators are also decision variables for a class of problems using a real set of concentrators, links, and traffic. The average GA solution cost less than the average SA solution.
Date of Publication: Aug. 2000