Microsoft‘s Data Sorting Technique Breaks Yahoo’s Record for Fastest Sorting

Recently, Microsoft has deployed a new technique to sort the large amount of data that the servers of their data center receive more efficiently. This technique called “Flat Data enter Storage (FDS)” has managed to beat the record which was set by Yahoo in 2009.

The researchers are set to discuss this technology at an Association for Computing Machinery conference dedicated to databases in Scottsdale, Arizona. There have been ongoing talks about implanting the technique in the Bing search engine to boost the response times to user queries.

“Improving big-data performance has a wide range of implications across a huge number of businesses,” said Microsoft Research project leader Jeremy Elson, in an online entry describing the work. “Almost any big-data problem now becomes more efficient, which, in many cases, will be the difference between the work being economically feasible or not.”

Not only it beat the records of Yahoo, Microsoft also used fewer resources for the sorting process. The system used 1,033 disks in 250 machines while Yahoo required 5,624 disks across 1,406 machines to complete their operation. The researchers used an additional Microsoft networking technology, called full bisection bandwidth networks, to boost the bandwidth, allowing each computer to both send a receive send up to 2GB per second.

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