A method for selecting the most cost-efficient configuration for backbone links in a distributed data network is disclosed. The method identifies candidate links between pairs of backbone nodes, evaluates the effect on the network of adding each candidate link to the network, and adds to the network those candidate links which produce a cost savings in the network. The method also routes data through the backbone to minimize transmission delays, and eliminates redundant lines from underutilized links, and removes from the network those links whose removal reduces the cost of the backbone.
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Inventor(s) Michael O. Ball
, Paul Nemirovsky, Michael Post