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I'm familiar with the concept of vectors in math and physics, but this wording in a computer science textbook is unfamiliar to me.

A configuration in the shared memory model is a vector

$$C=(q_0,\dots, q_{n-1}, r_0,\dots, r_{m-1}) $$

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You may also know this as an array. And watch out what they call vector in microbioligy! –  Hagen von Eitzen Jun 6 '13 at 16:00
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This use of "vector" just means something with a number of components, in a specific order. Mathematicians would usually call it a (finite) sequence.

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I'd call it a tuple. –  Erick Wong Jun 6 '13 at 16:43
    
I think I like tuple in this context too... –  agent154 Jun 7 '13 at 1:01
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