(data structure)

Definition: Use a short list or array of hash tables to implement a hash table with aging to expire items. To expire items, add a new table at the head of the list and drop the oldest table, along with its contents. To find an item, search all the tables.

Generalization (I am a kind of ...)
hash table.

See also move-to-front heuristic, priority queue.

Note: "The name is a combination of 'hashmap' and 'conveyor belt.'"

This data structure may be used for a least recently used (LRU) cache: move an item to the newest table when it is used. Other policies may be implemented by moving items according to other criteria.

Author: PEB

More information

William Grosso, The Hashbelt Data Structure, O'Reilly, 9 January 2002. Available at (Accessed 3 Dec 2007).

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Entry modified 22 August 2013.
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Paul E. Black, "hashbelt", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 22 August 2013. (accessed TODAY) Available from: