Program for SSTF disk scheduling algorithm

Prerequisite – Disk scheduling algorithms
Given an array of disk track numbers and initial head position, our task is to find the total number of seek operations done to access all the requested tracks if Shortest Seek Time First (SSTF) is a disk scheduling algorithm is used.

Shortest Seek Time First (SSTF) –
Basic idea is the tracks which are closer to current disk head position should be serviced first in order to minimise the seek operations.

Algorithm –

  1. Let Request array represents an array storing indexes of tracks that have been requested. ‘head’ is the position of disk head.
  2. Find the positive distance of all tracks in the request array from head.
  3. Find a track from requested array which has not been accessed/serviced yet and has minimum distance from head.
  4. Increment the total seek count with this distance.
  5. Currently serviced track position now becomes the new head position.
  6. Go to step 2 until all tracks in request array have not been serviced.

Example –
Request sequence = {176, 79, 34, 60, 92, 11, 41, 114}
Initial head position = 50
The following chart shows the sequence in which requested tracks are serviced using SSTF.

Therefore, total seek count is calculates as:

= (50-41)+(41-34)+(34-11)+(60-11)+(79-60)+(92-79)+(114-92)+(176-114)
= 204 

Implementation –
Implementation of SSTF is given below. Note that we have made a node class having 2 members. ‘distance’ is used to store the distance between head and the track position. ‘accessed’ is a boolean variable which tells whether the track has been accessed/serviced before by disk head or not.

class node {
    // represent difference between 
    // head position and track number
    int distance = 0
    // true if track has been accessed
    boolean accessed = false
public class SSTF {
    // Calculates difference of each 
    // track number with the head position
    public static void calculateDifference(int queue[], 
                                        int head, node diff[])
        for (int i = 0; i < diff.length; i++)
            diff[i].distance = Math.abs(queue[i] - head);
    // find unaccessed track 
    // which is at minimum distance from head
    public static int findMin(node diff[])
        int index = -1, minimum = Integer.MAX_VALUE;
        for (int i = 0; i < diff.length; i++) {
            if (!diff[i].accessed && minimum > diff[i].distance) {
                minimum = diff[i].distance;
                index = i;
        return index;
    public static void shortestSeekTimeFirst(int request[], 
                                                     int head)
        if (request.length == 0)
        // create array of objects of class node    
        node diff[] = new node[request.length]; 
        // initialize array
        for (int i = 0; i < diff.length; i++) 
            diff[i] = new node();
        // count total number of seek operation    
        int seek_count = 0
        // stores sequence in which disk access is done
        int[] seek_sequence = new int[request.length + 1]; 
        for (int i = 0; i < request.length; i++) {
            seek_sequence[i] = head;
            calculateDifference(request, head, diff);
            int index = findMin(diff);
            diff[index].accessed = true;
            // increase the total count
            seek_count += diff[index].distance; 
            // accessed track is now new head
            head = request[index]; 
        // for last accessed track
        seek_sequence[seek_sequence.length - 1] = head; 
        System.out.println("Total number of seek operations = " 
                                                     + seek_count);
        System.out.println("Seek Sequence is");
        // print the sequence
        for (int i = 0; i < seek_sequence.length; i++) 
    public static void main(String[] args)
        // request array
        int arr[] = { 176, 79, 34, 60, 92, 11, 41, 114 }; 
        shortestSeekTimeFirst(arr, 50);


Total number of seek operations = 204
Seek Sequence is

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