Fabian Kostadinov

Pile or Rhizome? A Short Pamphlet.

Erez Elul, whose honor it is to have "discovered" or "invented" the data structures I deliberately continue to call rhizomes, originally named his invention pile (or pile system). The relatively few authors (for instance Peter Krieg, Ralf Westphal, Ralf Barkow, Miriam Bedoni as well as others besides them), who both commented and contributed on the invention accepted this naming. I must say I never found the term particularly saying for several reasons.

Of course there is no ultimate truth in either name choice, and there are good reasons to stick to the customary term pile.

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