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By Jochen Voss, last updated 2011-08-31



Most modern desktop machines have considerable computing power, provided by one or more multi-core CPUs. Parallel, the program described on this page, provides a simple way to use this parallelism in the case where just a number of independent programs needs to be run. Parallel has the following features:


Figure 1. This is an example of how 12 jobs could be scheduled over 3 cpus.


Parallel is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. The source code is available for download here:

parallel version 0.9, 2009-12-14

This is the first public release of parallel.

Documentation is in the file README in the source archive and also in the included manual page. Please send any comments, bug reports, etc. to Jochen Voss.

Copyright © 2011, Jochen Voss. All content on this website (including text, pictures, and any other original works), unless otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.