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  1. present participle of shard


sharding (countable and uncountable, plural shardings)

  1. (databases) A decomposition of a database into multiple smaller units that can handle requests individually.
    • 2006, A Merchant, M Kallahalla, R Swaminathan, Sharding method and apparatus using directed graphs, US Patent 7,043,621
      A storage volume with many different potential shardings is analyzed more rapidly by the reuse of calculations made on neighboring vertices in the directed graph.
    • 2007, T Brants, AC Popat, P Xu, FJ Och, J Dean, "Large Language Models in Machine Translation", in Proceedings of the 2007 Conference on Empirical Methods in
      A sharding function determines which shard (chunk of data in the MapReduce framework) the pair is sent to.
  2. A breaking into shards.
    • 1991, Lorraine Anderson, Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry about Nature, page 196
      A universe always shedding, a rain of sheddings and shardings.