Discussion of large systems
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Wed Nov 1 17:30:38 CST 2006
> On Tue, 2006-10-31 at 19:54 -0700, Richard wrote:
> > Does anyone have enough tape drives that they can do the
> > multi-drive merge/sort tape algorithms described in Knuth's
> > Art of Computer Programming?
> That would be six, I believe. But, why? Just to say one did it?
> In today's world, the way to implement the same algorithm would be to
> use disk files; MUCH faster. With a TERABYTE of screaming fast disk
Am I reading the classic computers list or the modern PCs list?
The reason for implementing said algorithm (assuming I'm reading the
former) is (a) 'beause it's there' and (b) 'To preserve computer hardware,
software _and operating practices_ as far as possible' (as the
constitution for one old computer group I'm a mmeber of says in the
constitution) [emphasis mine].
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