The present invention addresses the limitations of prior art ALLNODE switches by including dual priority, adaptive, path seeking, and flash-flood functionalities in a single ALLNODE switch. The switch of the present invention further includes a selection device responsive to a selection signal for enabling the selection of the mode of switch operation from any one of the foregoing functionalities. The selection signal is applied to the switch in a number of different ways including: the transmission of a command over the data path interface to the switch; the transmission of a command over special purpose serial or parallel control lines; or via hardwiring. Thus, the selection of functionality for the switch is capable of being made in either a dynamic or static fashion. The present invention further comprises two new high performance networks utilizing the selectable function ALLNODE switch. The networks have a different functionality being performed at each stage, and comprise a "Multi-Dilated Path Seeking Network" and a "Nested Path Seeking and Flash-Flood Network."