**Definition:**
An algorithm whose behavior, by design, is independent of some property that influences a typical algorithm for the same problem.

**Generalization** (I am a kind of ...)

*algorithm*.

**Specialization** (... is a kind of me.)

*bitonic sort*.

*Note:
For example, an oblivious sort algorithm always makes the same comparisons, regardless of the input. This is useful for external sorts, since there is a fixed I/O schedule, or parallel algorithms, like bitonic sort. *

* Other types of oblivious algorithms are cache oblivious, which are not dependent on hardware parameters like cache size and cache-line length, and oblivious routing, which route packets independent of the network topology, the history of traffic flow, or the congestion.*

Author: PEB

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