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Date:	Mon, 17 Jul 2006 21:27:55 -0700
From:	"Gary Funck" <gary@...repid.com>
To:	"Linux Kernel Mailing List" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Cc:	"Vishal Patil" <vishpat@...il.com>
Subject: RE: Generic B-tree implementation


Vishal Patil wrote:
> 
> I am attaching source files containing a very generic implementation
> of B-trees in C. The implementation corresponds to in memory B-Tree
> data structure. The B-tree library consists of two files, btree.h and
> btree.c. I am also attaching a sample program main.c which should
> hopefully make the use of the library clear.

Couple of thoughts:

1. red/black b-trees have superior worst case performance as it
relates to rebalancing, and the implementation doesn't add a
lot of complexity:
http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/redblack.html

2. Paul Vixie's b-tree implementation has been around since the mid-80's
or so, and simply from an historical perspective is worth a look
(comp.sources.unix anyone?):
http://www.isc.org/index.pl?/sources/devel/func/avl-subs-2.php

3. GCC uses 'splay trees' to good advantage:
http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/splaytree.html
which have the property that most-recently referenced nodes
tend to be higher up in the tree.

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