I think that I shall never see A graph more lovely than a tree. A tree whose crucial property Is loop-free connectivity. A tree which must be sure to span. So packets can reach every LAN. First the Root must be selected By ID it is elected. Least cost paths from Root are traced In the tree these paths are placed. A mesh is made by folks like me Then bridges find a spanning tree.
from R. Perlman: An Algorithm for Distributed Computation of a Spanning Tree in an Extended LAN (PDF)
On that note: I passed my computer networks + mobile computing exam today … only two more exams and the diploma thesis left. Yay! 🙂