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exercism fetch rust parallel-letter-frequency

Parallel Letter Frequency

Count the frequency of letters in texts using parallel computation.

Parallelism is about doing things in parallel that can also be done sequentially. A common example is counting the frequency of letters. Create a function that returns the total frequency of each letter in a list of texts and that employs parallelism.

Parallel Letter Frequency in Rust

Learn more about concurrency in Rust here:

Bonus

This exercise also includes a benchmark, with a sequential implementation as a baseline. You can compare your solution to the benchmark. Observe the effect different size inputs have on the performance of each. Can you surpass the benchmark using concurrent programming techniques?

As of this writing, test::Bencher is unstable and only available on nightly Rust. Run the benchmarks with Cargo:

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cargo bench

If you are using rustup.rs:

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rustup run nightly cargo bench

Learn more about nightly Rust:

Rust Installation

Refer to the exercism help page for Rust installation and learning resources.

Writing the Code

Execute the tests with:

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$ cargo test

All but the first test have been ignored. After you get the first test to pass, remove the ignore flag (#[ignore]) from the next test and get the tests to pass again. The test file is located in the tests directory. You can also remove the ignore flag from all the tests to get them to run all at once if you wish.

Make sure to read the Modules chapter if you haven't already, it will help you with organizing your files.

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Submitting Incomplete Solutions

It's possible to submit an incomplete solution so you can see how others have completed the exercise.