(*Not examinable for part II*).

Can we consider higher-dimensional interconnect ?

The hypercube has lowest diameter for number of customers.

Chips are two-dimensional so perhaps it's good to use a 2-D network ?

Maybe use 2.5-D ? have a small number of `multi-hop' links?

On benign (load-balanced) traffic, the flattened butterfly approaches the cost/performance of a butterfly network and has roughly half the cost of a comparable performance clos network.

Further details (non examinable): "The advantage over the clos is
achieved by eliminating redundant hops when they are not
needed for load balance."
See `*Flattened butterfly : a cost-efficient topology for
high-radix networks*' by John Kim, William J. Dally, Dennis Abts.

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