International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications

An optimal algorithm for rectilinear steiner trees for channels with obstacles

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The channel rectilinear Steiner tree problem is to construct an optimal rectilinear Steiner tree interconnecting n terminals on the upper shore and the lower shore of a channel without crossing any obstacles inside the channel. However, intersecting boundaries of obstacles is allowed. We present an algorithm that computes an optimal channel rectilinear Steiner tree in O(F1(k)n + F2(k)) time, where k is the number of obstacles inside the channel and F1 and F2 are exponential functions of k. For any constant k the proposed algorithm runs in O(n) time. Copyright © 1991 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.