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This article presents a new, memory efficient and cache-optimized algorithm for simultaneously searching for a large number of patterns in a very large corpus. This algorithm builds upon the Rabin-Karp string search algorithm and incorporates a new type of Bloom filter that we call a feed-forward Bloom filter. While it retains the asymptotic time complexity of previous multiple pattern matching algorithms, we show that this technique, along with a CPU architecture-aware design of the Bloom filter, can provide speed-ups between 2× and 30×, and memory consumption reductions as large as 50× when compared with grep. Our algorithm is also well suited for implementations on GPUs: A modern GPU can search for 3 million patterns at a rate of 580MB/s, and for 100 million patterns (a prohibitive number for traditional algorithms) at a rate of 170MB/s.





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Journal of Experimental Algorithmics, 17, Article 3.4.