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Author Rabin, Michael O.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©1989
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Abstract An Information Dispersal Algorithm (IDA) is developed that breaks a file $\textit{F}$ of length $\textit{L}$ = ↿ $\textit{F}↾$ into $\textit{n}$ pieces $\textit{Fi},$ l ≤ $\textit{i}$ ≤ $\textit{n},$ each of length $↿\textit{Fi}↾$ = $\textit{L}/\textit{m},$ so that every $\textit{m}$ pieces suffice for reconstructing $\textit{F}.$ Dispersal and reconstruction are computationally efficient. The sum of the lengths $↿\textit{F}i↾$ is $(\textit{n}/\textit{m})$ · $\textit{L}.$ Since $\textit{n}/\textit{m}$ can be chosen to be close to l, the IDA is space efficient. IDA has numerous applications to secure and reliable storage of information in computer networks and even on single disks, to fault-tolerant and efficient transmission of information in networks, and to communications between processors in parallel computers. For the latter problem provably time-efficient and highly fault-tolerant routing on the $\textit{n}-cube$ is achieved, using just constant size buffers.
ISSN 00045411
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1989-04-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 1557735X
Journal Journal of the ACM (JACM)
Volume Number 36
Issue Number 2
Page Count 14
Starting Page 335
Ending Page 348

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Source: ACM Digital Library