**AMS :: Feature Column from the AMS**
http://www.ams.org/publicoutreach/feature-column/fcarc-packings3

Many applications of bin packing come to mind. For example, placing computer files with specified sizes into memory blocks of fixed size, or the recording of all of a composer's music, where the length of the pieces to be recorded are the weights and the bin capacity is the amount of time that can be stored on an audio CD (about 80 minutes). One power of mathematics is that, having abstracted the problem …

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