Disk-Based Algorithms for Big Data

Disk-Based Algorithms for Big Data book cover

Christopher G. Healey

Reference – 188 Pages – 30 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138196186 – CAT# K31147

  • Provides a foundational discussion of physical storage devices and explains how algorithm performance is affected by the underlying storage system
  • Discusses in-memory sorting and searching algorithms, as a foundation for more sophisticated on-disk algorithms, and for discussions of recent big data systems
  • Explores how changes in underlying storage technology can significantly impact algorithm performance, and possibly inspire new approaches for sorting, searching, and external data management
  • Presents recent advances in managing massive data collections by companies like Yahoo!, Facebook, and Google that are forming the basis for numerous advances in big data storage and analytics
  • Examines non-traditional database systems, like Neo4j and MontoDB


Disk-Based Algorithms for Big Data is a product of recent advances in the areas of big data, data analytics, and the underlying file systems and data management algorithms used to support the storage and analysis of massive data collections. The book discusses hard disks and their impact on data management, since Hard Disk Drives continue to be common in large data clusters. It also explores ways to store and retrieve data though primary and secondary indices. This includes a review of different in-memory sorting and searching algorithms that build a foundation for more sophisticated on-disk approaches like mergesort, B-trees, and extendible hashing.

Following this introduction, the book transitions to more recent topics, including advanced storage technologies like solid-state drives and holographic storage; peer-to-peer (P2P) communication; large file systems and query languages like Hadoop/HDFS, Hive, Cassandra, and Presto; and NoSQL databases like Neo4j for graph structures and MongoDB for unstructured document data.

Designed for senior undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professionals, this book is useful for anyone interested in understanding the foundations and advances in big data storage and management, and big data analytics.

About the Author

Dr. Christopher G. Healey is a tenured Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Goodnight Distinguished Professor of Analytics in the Institute for Advanced Analytics, both at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has published over 50 articles in major journals and conferences in the areas of visualization, visual and data analytics, computer graphics, and artificial intelligence. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Early Faculty Development Award and the North Carolina State University Outstanding Instructor Award. He is a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and an Associate Editor of ACM Transaction on Applied Perception, the leading worldwide journal on the application of human perception to issues in computer science.

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