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Fork / Join

Fork/Join or Divide and Conquer is a very powerful abstraction to solve hierarchical problems. When talking about hierarchical problems, think about quick sort, merge sort, file system or general tree navigation and such.

  • Fork / Join algorithms essentially split a problem at hands into several smaller sub-problems and recursively apply the same algorithm to each of the sub-problems.
  • Once the sub-problem is small enough, it is solved directly.
  • The solutions of all sub-problems are combined to solve their parent problem, which in turn helps solve its own parent problem.