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IBM Journal of Research and Development  
Volume 21, Number 5, Page 443 (1977)
Nontopical Issue
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Multidimensional Bin Packing Algorithms

by L. T. Kou, G. Markowsky
A comparative study is made of algorithms for a general multidimensional problem involving the packing of k-part objects in k compartments in a large supply of bins. The goal is to pack the objects using a minimum number of bins. The properties and limitations of the algorithms are discussed, including k-dimensional analogs of some popular one-dimensional algorithms. An application of the algorithms is the design of computer networks.
Related Subjects: Algorithms; Analytical models; Mathematics