Sorting the integers 1 through N into an ordered list is a simple task that can be done rapidly. However, using an algorithm based on the thermally activated pairwise exchanges of neighboring list elements, we find sorting can display many features of a glass, even for lists as small as N=5. This includes memory and rejuvenation effects during aging-two hallmarks of glassy dynamics that have been difficult to reproduce in standard glass simulations.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Physics and Astronomy