At 01:14 AM 10/1/2003 +0300, Benja Fallenstein wrote:
So, anyway, anybody know references? I've not come across any yet.

I know that the technique dates back (at least) to IBM in the 60s. I used to know the name of the inventor but can't bring it to mind at the moment. The Berkeley UNIX library dbm uses essentially this philosophy, but the tree is not binary; rather each node stores up to one disk block's worth of pointers. Nodes split when they get too full. When the point is to handle a lot of data, this makes much more sense.

Hope that helps,

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