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Content-addressable storage: where object placement is defined by its contents (yurichev.com)
19 points by nkurz on Oct 15, 2015 | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments

Content addressable memory was use in Staran [1] for parallel execution of Air Traffic Control in 1972

There is a great book on the subject [2] which is mind expanding.

In more modern times is the Venti file server for Plan9 which uses SHA hashes as block addresses to build file contents thereby auto-consolidating duplicate file storage among other interesting features. [3] Which was invented by Sean Quinlan and Sean Dorward at Bell Labs (both now it Google iirc) and later maintained by Russ Cox who you may know from go-lang.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STARAN

[2] http://www.amazon.com/Content-Addressable-Parallel-Processor...

[3] http://www.cs.bell-labs.com/sys/doc/venti/venti.html

Content-addressable memories are also available in the semiconductor world. They enjoy a lucrative niche in networking hardware boxes as address lookup tables, usually embedded in the processor core.

Let's not forget the most important content addressable storage: your brain.

You remember things by contents, then all the contents are interconnected. Brains don't have primary-key based lookup tables.

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