On the edge capacitated Steiner tree problem

Cédric Bentz, Marie-Christine Costa and Alain Hertz
november, 2020
Publication type:
Paper in peer-reviewed journals
Discrete Optimization, vol. 38: 100607, pp. 1--31
ISSN 1572-5286
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Keywords :
Steiner trees Capacity constraints Computational complexity Approximation algorithms
Given a graph G=(V,E) with a root r∈V, positive capacities {c(e)|e∈E}, and non-negative lengths {ℓ(e)|e∈E}, the minimum-length (rooted) edge capacitated Steiner tree problem is to find a tree in G of minimum total length, rooted at r, spanning a given subset T⊂V of vertices, and such that, for each e∈E, there are at most c(e) paths, linking r to vertices in T, that contain e. We study the complexity and approximability of the problem, considering several relevant parameters such as the number of terminals, the edge lengths and the minimum and maximum edge capacities. For all but one combinations of assumptions regarding these parameters, we settle the question, giving a complete characterization that separates tractable cases from hard ones. The only remaining open case is proved to be equivalent to a long-standing open problem. We also prove close relations between our problem and classic Steiner tree as well as vertex-disjoint paths problems.
    author={Cédric Bentz and Marie-Christine Costa and Alain Hertz },
    title={On the edge capacitated Steiner tree problem },
    doi={10.1016/j.disopt.2020.100607 },
    journal={Discrete Optimization },
    year={2020 },
    volume={38: 100607 },