A submarine cable system comprises multiple cables that connect multiple locations typically over distances of thousands of kilometers. This innovation provides a method to automatically optimize the design of such systems based on publicly available data. It optimizes the cable path as well as the location of Branching Units that connect these cables.
Because the earth surface is in a three-dimensional (3D) space, the choice of the path of the cables and the locations of the branching units must consider an appropriate model of the earth surface in 3D. Our optimization aims to minimize the cost of construction of the cable system and avoid risks associated with natural and human made hazards.
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