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Data Sorting World Record

Computer scientists broke "the terabyte barrier" - and a world record - during the 2010 Sort Benchmark competition. Researchers led by computer science professor Amin Vahdat sorted more than one terabyte of data in just 60 seconds. The computer scientists also tied a world record for fastest data sorting rate. They sorted one trillion data records in 172 minutes - and did so using just a quarter of the computing resources of the other record holder. This type of heavy-duty data sorting is increasingly used by companies looking for trends, efficiencies and other competitive advantages.

Computer science Ph.D. student Alex Rasmussen (left) is the lead graduate student on the record-breaking data sorting team.

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