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From: Richard Day (richardvday_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-03-31 18:10:32

Basically I would gather from this that a 10gb file for example would
take 30gb of disk space to sort it ?
That would appear to be what your suggesting here.
And why 1/16 specifically ? Wouldnt it be better to use available memory
(Free real not paged) if possible instead of specifically doing 1/16'th ?
10gb is more then most(Non-Server) machines have now that is true but
2-4gb is becoming more and more common now and of course servers may
have way more then 10gb.

Seems to me that if your going to do this much writing(2 X Original
size) wouldnt it be simpler to just use a memory mapped file.

Sam Schetterer wrote:
> On 3/31/07, me22 <me22.ca_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> On 3/31/07, Sam Schetterer <samthecppman_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>>> I have uploaded the preliminary code for external sorting onto vault.
>>> This code has not been optimized in any way, and currently supports
>>> radix_sort only.
>> Is radix sort a good choice for this kind of sorting? I would have
>> thought that a merge sort would work more nicely.
>> ~ Scott McMurray
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> I do use merge-sort. I also use radix_soprt. What I do is I first load
> 1/16 of the data into memory, sort it using radix_sort (I will
> implement other sorts for this), and write it to disk. I also record
> the location in the file. Then, I merge all of the sorted data on the
> disk into one large sorted file.
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