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We study a graph partitioning problem which arises from traffic grooming in optical networks. We wish to minimize the equipment
cost in a SONET WDM ring network by minimizing the number of Add-Drop Multiplexers (ADMs) used. We consider the version introduced by Muñoz and Sau  where the ring is unidirectional with a
grooming factor C, and we must design the network (namely, place the ADMs at the nodes) so that it can support any request graph with maximum degree at most Δ. This problem is essentially equivalent to finding
the least integer M(C,Δ) such that the edges of any graph with maximum degree at most Δ can be partitioned into subgraphs with at most C edges and each vertex appears in at most M(C,Δ) subgraphs .
The cases where Δ = 2 and Δ = 3,C = 4 were solved by Muñoz and Sau . In this article we establish the value of M(C,Δ) for many more cases, leaving open only the case where Δ ≥ 5 is odd, Δ (mod 2C) is between 3 and C − 1, C ≥ 4, and the request graph does not contain a perfect matching. In particular, we answer a conjecture of .
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CitationLi, Z.; Sau, I. Graph partitioning and traffic grooming with bounded degree request graph. A: International Workshop on Graph-Theoretic Concepts in Computer Science. "Graph-Theoretic Concepts in Computer Science. 35th InternationalWorkshop, WG 2009 Montpellier, France, June 24-26, 2009: Revised Papers". Montpellier: Springer, 2009, p. 250-261.
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