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August 31, 2010

Lets choose the middle

devadutta @ 11:40 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1283298046 ) Play

First, a big round of applause to Logik for recording an unbeaten run-length of 50! You get this shiny badge, sire!

This questions is what some people refer to as “an old chestnut” :)

Which term in computer science is a reference to the ” holy war” between inhabitants of the two Islands shown below?

The root-cause of the war was about how to break this

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Answer: The terms little endian and big endian’s etymological roots can be traced to the book “Gulliver’s Travels” where people from the islands of Lilliput and Blefuscu fight a holy war because they cannot agree upon which side a boiled egg has to be broken from.

I will quote Rahulk for details

“The term big-endian originally comes from Jonathan Swift’s satirical novel Gulliver’s Travels by way of Danny Cohen in 1980. In 1726, Swift described tensions in Lilliput and Blefuscu: whereas royal edict in Lilliput requires cracking open one’s soft-boiled egg at the small end, inhabitants of the rival kingdom of Blefuscu crack theirs at the big end (giving them the moniker Big-endians).The terms little-endian and endianness have a similar intent.”


41 Responses to “Lets choose the middle”

  1. Big-endian/Little-endian


  2. Endian
    The use of the terms “Big-Endian” and “Little-Endian” in the story is the source of the computing term endianness.


  3. Manish Achuth
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    Big-Endian (people who break the egg at the larger end) and Little-Endian (people who break the egg at the smaller end).
    War between Blefescu and Lilliput in Jonathan Swift’s Guliver Travels.


  4. Rogi
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    The conflict was over which end of a soft-boiled egg to break and divided the islands into camps of little-endians and big-endians.
    Endianness in computer terms references which way the bits are stuffed into memory addresses. MSB or LSB, first.

    Can’t wait for, “Pie are round… Cornbread are square.”!


  5. Dibyo
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    the big endian and little endian thingie, the two islands being lilliput and blefescu


  6. Bheema V

    Endian. Big-endian vs. little-endian. With respect to integer encoding.


  7. endianness


  8. Endianness

    Ref :
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilliput_and_Blefuscu
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endianness#History

    Thanks. Had no idea abt this!!!


  9. shrik
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    Lilliput (the little-endians) and Blefuscu (big-endian) from Gulliver’s Travels.

    “Endian-ness” arose out of a dispute over which side the egg should be broken.


  10. Rahul Rajeev

    The two islands are Lilliput and Blefuscu, which are fictional island nations from Gulliver’s Travels.

    The Computer term being ‘Endianness’


  11. jowens
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    endianness (big/little-endian)


  12. krudebox
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    ah, Big-endian and Little-Endian. Endianness.


  13. SV
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    Differences in big and little endianness in computers is compared to the conflict between Lilliputs about breaking the egg from smaller end or bigger


  14. Endianness


  15. Logik
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    Jonathan Swift – Gulliver’s Travels.
    Islands of Lilliput and Blefuscu’s fight over which side of the egg is to be broken first.
    Hence the terms, little-endian, and big-endian.
    Introduced by Danny Cohen in his paper “On Holy Wars and a Plea for Peace


  16. Logik
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    Oh, and thanks for the wishes. had narrowly missed the 50 last time. :)


  17. Ananth
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    Big endian & Little endian


  18. Anjul
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    Endian: Big Endian, Little Endian.

    War based on whether to break an egg from the big end or the little end.

    Yay!


  19. Raghuvansh
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    Big endian vs Little endian.


  20. Xanda

    Big-Endian and Little-Endian :)


  21. username
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    The use of the terms “Big-Endian” and “Little-Endian” in the story is the source of the computing term endianness.


  22. Bharath
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    In the discipline of computer architecture, the terms big-endian and little-endian are used to describe two possible ways of laying out bytes in memory; see Endianness. One of the satirical conflicts in the book is between two religious sects of Lilliputians, some of whom who prefer cracking open their soft-boiled eggs from the little end, while others prefer the big end.


  23. Nanda

    Big-endian and Little-endian


  24. ht

    The “holy war” is between Little-Endian and Big-Endian on “which bit should travel first, the bit from the little end of the
    word, or the bit from the big end of the word”.


  25. parameswaran

    Endianness.


  26. Endianness, Big-Endian, Little-Endian


  27. lanu
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    ‘Endianness’ is the term originated from the ‘holy-war’ between Lilliput and Blefuscu over whether to crack open soft-boiled eggs from the little end or the big end.


  28. Endianness
    The terms Little-Endians and Big-Endians were introduced in 1980 by Danny Cohen in his paper “On Holy Wars and a Plea for Peace”[2]. Cohen’s paper uses Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift


  29. byslexia

    Endianness.


  30. Vinay Nair Karath

    Big Endian and small endian. Which side of a egg to break?


  31. Qbrain
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    “Endianness”

    The terms Little-Endian and Big-Endian.

    Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726), wherein two island nations “Lilliput” and “Blefuscu” argued over whether to crack open their soft-boiled eggs from the little end or the big end.

    Endianness is the ordering of individually addressable sub-units. Mixed forms also called “middle-endian” are also possible.


  32. udupendra
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    little-endian and big-endian memory


  33. Sumanth Patlolla
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    The terms Little-Endians and Big-Endians were introduced in 1980 by Danny Cohen in his paper “On Holy Wars and a Plea for Peace” Cohen’s paper uses Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726), wherein two religious sects of Lilliputians argued over whether to crack open their soft-boiled eggs from the little end or the big end,as an allegory for the byte order (aka Endianness) issue which became crucial when computers became interconnected with each other by networks.


  34. Siddarth Pai

    endians

    lilliput and elfuscu, from gulliver’s travels


  35. nishansolo

    Endianness


  36. Inglourious

    Endianness
    LittleEndian vs BigEndian


  37. dineshk
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    Endianness from the dispute on which side of the egg to break among Lilliput’s inhabitants.


  38. akhi
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    Big endian ,little endian


  39. vijayaraghavan

    big endian little endian


  40. Rahulk
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    Endianess

    Quoting Wikipedia

    The term big-endian originally comes from Jonathan Swift’s satirical novel Gulliver’s Travels by way of Danny Cohen in 1980. In 1726, Swift described tensions in Lilliput and Blefuscu: whereas royal edict in Lilliput requires cracking open one’s soft-boiled egg at the small end, inhabitants of the rival kingdom of Blefuscu crack theirs at the big end (giving them the moniker Big-endians).The terms little-endian and endianness have a similar intent.


  41. kapinjal

    endianess


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