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Parallel Self-Sorting System for Objects

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Executive Summary

Conventional sorting algorithms make use of such data structures as array, file and list which define access methods of the items to be sorted. These traditional methods - exchange sort, divide and conquer sort, selection sort and insertion sort - require supervisory control program. The supervisory control program has access to the items and is responsible for arranging them in the proper order. This paper presents a different sorting algorithm that does not require supervisory control program. The objects sort themselves and they are able to terminate when sorting is completed. The algorithm also employs parallel processing mechanisms to increase its efficiency and effectiveness.

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