Discussion of large systems

Sean Conner 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>.

  Oh, sorry.

  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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