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Advent of Code
--- Day 17: Spinlock ---
Suddenly, whirling in the distance, you notice what looks like a massive,
pixelated hurricane: a deadly spinlock. This spinlock isn't just consuming
computing power, but memory, too; vast, digital mountains are being ripped
from the ground and consumed by the vortex.
If you don't move quickly, fixing that printer will be the least of your
problems.
This spinlock's algorithm is simple but efficient, quickly consuming
everything in its path. It starts with a circular buffer containing only the
value 0, which it marks as the current position. It then steps forward
through the circular buffer some number of steps (your puzzle input) before
inserting the first new value, 1, after the value it stopped on. The inserted
value becomes the current position. Then, it steps forward from there the
same number of steps, and wherever it stops, inserts after it the second new
value, 2, and uses that as the new current position again.
It repeats this process of stepping forward, inserting a new value, and using
the location of the inserted value as the new current position a total of
2017 times, inserting 2017 as its final operation, and ending with a total of
2018 values (including 0) in the circular buffer.
For example, if the spinlock were to step 3 times per insert, the circular
buffer would begin to evolve like this (using parentheses to mark the current
position after each iteration of the algorithm):
* (0), the initial state before any insertions.
* 0 (1): the spinlock steps forward three times (0, 0, 0), and then inserts
the first value, 1, after it. 1 becomes the current position.
* 0 (2) 1: the spinlock steps forward three times (0, 1, 0), and then
inserts the second value, 2, after it. 2 becomes the current position.
* 0  2 (3) 1: the spinlock steps forward three times (1, 0, 2), and then
inserts the third value, 3, after it. 3 becomes the current position.
And so on:
* 0  2 (4) 3  1
* 0 (5) 2  4  3  1
* 0  5  2  4  3 (6) 1
* 0  5 (7) 2  4  3  6  1
* 0  5  7  2  4  3 (8) 6  1
* 0 (9) 5  7  2  4  3  8  6  1
Eventually, after 2017 insertions, the section of the circular buffer near
the last insertion looks like this:
1512 1134 151 (2017) 638 1513 851
Perhaps, if you can identify the value that will ultimately be after the last
value written (2017), you can short-circuit the spinlock. In this example,
that would be 638.
What is the value after 2017 in your completed circular buffer?
Your puzzle answer was ________.
--- Part Two ---
The spinlock does not short-circuit. Instead, it gets more angry. At least,
you assume that's what happened; it's spinning significantly faster than it
was a moment ago.
You have good news and bad news.
The good news is that you have improved calculations for how to stop the
spinlock. They indicate that you actually need to identify the value after 0
in the current state of the circular buffer.
The bad news is that while you were determining this, the spinlock has just
finished inserting its fifty millionth value (50000000).
What is the value after 0 the moment 50000000 is inserted?
Your puzzle answer was _____________.
Both parts of this puzzle are complete! They provide two gold stars: **
At this point, you should return to your advent calendar and try another
puzzle.
Your puzzle input was 301.
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