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RWA is a fundamental problem in the design and control of optical networks. The authors introduce the concept of symmetric RWA solutions and present a new ILP formulation to construct optimally such solutions. The formulation scales to mesh topologies representative of backbone and regional networks. Numerical results demonstrate that the new formulation achieves a decrease of up to two orders of magnitude in running time compared to existing formulations. In particular, optimal solutions for topologies up to 20 nodes can be obtained within minutes using commodity CPUs, and larger networks can be solved in reasonable time.
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