Suppose that you want to solve a maximum flow problem containing parallel arcs, but the maximum flow code you own cannot handle parallel arcs. How would you use the code to solve your maximum flow problem?

2. Networks with node capacities. In some networks, in addition to arc capacities, each node i, other than the source and the sink, might have an upper bound, say w(i), on the flow that can pass through it. For example, the nodes might be airports with limited runway capacity for takeoff and landings, or might be switches in a communication network with a limited number of ports.

In these networks we are interested in determining the maximum flow satisfying both the arc and node capacities. Transform this problem to the standard maximum flow problem. From the perspective of worst-case complexity, is the maximum flow problem with upper bounds on nodes more difficult to solve than the standard maximum flow problem?

 

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