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From: Greg Colvin (greg_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-01-08 22:18:08

> On Mon, 8 Jan 2001, Matthew Austern wrote:
> > In principle, the advantage of open addressing is that you can get
> > some space saving. I don't know if that's a big enough advantage to
> > be worth the pain.
> Agreed. IIRC, it was the basis of indexed sequential files. Not
> nice to be chasing linked lists around the diskpack. The fixed
> size table in memory could afford the search time since it was
> much less than the disk reads. Just as a b-tree is a fine external
> data structure and not much good in memory.

These days a b-tree can be an excellent in-memory structure,
since the cache-to-RAM relationship is similar to the RAM-to-disk
relationship: the speed discrepency between cache and RAM is
very high, and there are adavantages to reading entire cache
lines. For the same reasons, large in-memory hash tables can
thrash the cache and perform much worse that expected.

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