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    Major changes to the way assign handles LAN nodes. · 83cfa8ec
    Robert Ricci authored
    LAN nodes are no longer treated specially. Instead, I've introduced
    the idea of 'static' types (old-style types retroactively become
    'dynamic' types). While a pnode can only satisfy one dynamic type at a
    time, it can always satisfy its static types (assuming it has enough
    capacity left.) Static types are flagged by prepending them with a '*'
    in the ptop file. So, for example, you may give switches the
    '*lan:10000' type so that they can satisfy virtual LAN nodes. Of
    course, other pnodes can have this type too, so that we can get
    'trivial LANs'.
    
    Actually, removing special treatment for LANs cleans up a lot of code.
    However, it may have some negative impacts on solutions, since we're
    not as smart about where to place LAN nodes as we used to be (they get
    annealed along with everything else, and not migrated.) I haven't seen
    any evidence of this yet, however.
    
    This leaves us with a single type of special pnode, a switch.
    
    Also added a new bit of syntax in ptop files - when '*' is given as a
    the maxiumum load for a type, the node is allowed to take on an
    infinite (well, actually, just a really big number of) vnodes of that
    type.
    
    ptopgen was modified to always report switches as being capable of
    hosting LANs, and assign_wrapper now understands direct links to LANs,
    which is what we get when the LAN is hosted directly on a switch.
    
    Fixed a bug in scoring direct links, in which the penatly was being
    added once when a direct link was mapped, but subtracted only once
    when it was freed.
    
    Added a '-T' option for doing simple self-testing. When adding a node
    to the solution, assign records the score, adds the node, removes it
    again, and checks to make sure that the resulting score is the same as
    the original score. The usefulness of this feature in debugging
    scoring problems cannot be understated...
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