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Permutation of data blocks in a bubble memory

A common internal organization of bubble memories consists of a set of (minor) loops, connected through another (major) loop. The problem of obtaining any given permutation of the minor loop contents in minimum time is studied in this paper. A lower bound to the number of steps required by a permutation algorithm is derived, and the class of optimum algorithms is identified.

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