Paper by Erik D. Demaine

Erik D. Demaine, John Iacono, and Stefan Langerman, “Worst-Case Optimal Tree Layout in External Memory”, Algorithmica, volume 72, number 2, 2015, pages 369–378.

Consider laying out a fixed-topology tree of N nodes into external memory with block size B so as to minimize the worst-case number of block memory transfers required to traverse a path from the root to a node of depth D. We prove that the optimal number of memory transfers is
Θ ({ D / lg (1+B)    when D = O(lg N) ) .
lg N / lg (1 + (B lg N) / D) when D = Ω(lg N) and D = O(B lg N)
D / B when D = Ω(B lg N)

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