We examine a routing problem in which network arcs fail according to independent failure probabilities. The reliable h-path routing problem seeks to find a minimum-cost set of h ≥ 2 arc-independent paths from a common origin to a common destination, such that the probability that at least one path remains operational is sufficiently large. For the formulation in which variables are used to represent the amount of flow on each arc, the reliability constraint induces a nonconvex feasible region, even when the integer variable restrictions are relaxed. Prior arc-based models and algorithms tailored for the case in which h = 2 do not extend well to the general h-path problem. Thus, we propose two alternative integer programming formulations for the h-path problem in which the variables correspond to origin-destination paths. Accordingly, we develop two branch-and-price-and-cut algorithms for solving these new formulations, and provide computational results to demonstrate the efficiency of these algorithms.
- Network optimization
- Nonconvex optimization
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science Applications
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Control and Optimization
- Applied Mathematics