A basic question in virtual private network (VPN) design is if the symmetric version of the problem always has an optimal solution which is a tree network. An affirmative answer would imply that the symmetric VPN problem is solvable in polynomial time. We give an affirmative answer in case the communication network, within which the VPN must be created, is a circuit. This seems to be an important step towards answering the general question. The proof relies on a dual pair of linear programs and actually implies an even stronger property of VPNs. We show that this property also holds for some other special cases of the problem, in particular when the network is a tree of rings.
|Journal||SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|