WIT Press


Performance Evaluation Of Efficient Parallel Sorting Algorithm For Supercomputer

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ASE930081

Volume

3

Pages

10

Published

1993

Size

573 kb

Author(s)

A.W.S. Loo, R.W.M. Yip & C.W. Chung

Abstract

This paper presents a parallel sorting algorithm (introduced in [LoYi91]) that makes use of the statistical properties of the elements to be sorted. Experiments are run on a MIMD computer. The results suggest that the new algorithm out-performs the parallel quicksort. Similar findings are obtained from a prior study using simulation. Introduction Quicksort [Hoar61] is a popular sorting algorithm. It has average complexity of O(n log n), but its performance degenerates to O(n^) in the worst case when it divides a list of elements to be sorted into two uneven sized sublists which are to be sorted subsequently. Some proposals are raised to avoid the occurrence of the worst case [Erki84, Wain85] and improve the performance of quicksort [Sedg75, Sedg78, FrazTO], but some [Han91, NoA185, JanLamSS,

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