Discussion of large systems
spc at conman.org
Tue Oct 31 22:31:00 CST 2006
It was thus said that the Great Doc Shipley once stated:
> Richard wrote:
> >In article <45479038.22326.4735378C at cclist.sydex.com>,
> > "Chuck Guzis" <cclist at sydex.com> writes:
> >>After alll, it was the tape drives that defined a computer for
> >>Hollywood for many years...
> >So far noone has responded to my earlier query in the affirmative:
> > 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?
> How many would that be?
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie
Pop? Let's find out ... one ... tw-hooo ... three <crunch>.
Chapter 5.4.6: six tapes are used in the sample given in the section.
-spc (But the algorithm has been generalized for P tapes ... )
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