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Encyclopedia > Divide and conquer

Divide and conquer (derived from the Latin saying Divide et impera) can mean either:


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Divide and conquer algorithm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (936 words)
Divide and conquer is a powerful tool for solving conceptually difficult problems, such as the classic Tower of Hanoi puzzle: all it requires is a way of breaking the problem into sub-problems, of solving the trivial cases and of combining sub-problems to the original problem.
Dividing the problem into sub-problems so that the sub-problems can be combined again is often the major difficulty in designing a new algorithm.
Divide and conquer algorithms are naturally adapted for execution in multi-processor machines, especially shared-memory systems where the communication of data between processors does not need to be planned in advance, because distinct sub-problems can be executed on different processors.
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