GATE | GATE IT 2006 | Question 61

In a database file structure, the search key field is 9 bytes long, the block size is 512 bytes, a record pointer is 7 bytes and a block pointer is 6 bytes. The largest possible order of a non-leaf node in a B+ tree implementing this file structure is
(A) 23
(B) 24
(C) 34
(D) 44


Answer: (C)

Explanation: For B+ tree with order n, index pointer p, and block size = B
For a non leaf node it can be given that
n*p + (n-1)*(k) <= B
n*6 + (n-1)*9 <= 512
n <= 34.77

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