A polyhedral study of a relaxation of the routing and spectrum allocation problem
The routing and spectrum allocation (RSA) problem arises in the context of flexible grid optical networks, and consists in routing a set of demands through a network while simultaneously assigning a bandwidth to each demand, subject to non-overlapping constraints. One of the most effective integer programming formulations for RSA is the DR-AOV formulation, presented in a previous work. In this work we explore a relaxation of this formulation with a subset of variables from the original formulation, in order to identify valid inequalities that could be useful within a cutting-plane environment for tackling RSA. We present basic properties of this relaxed formulation, we identify several families of facet-inducing inequalities, and we show that they can be separated in polynomial time.