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Parallelizing Quickref

Didier Verna

Quickref is a global documentation project for Common Lisp software. It builds a website containing reference manuals for Quicklisp libraries. Each library is first compiled, loaded, and introspected. From the collected information, a Texinfo file is generated, which is then processed into HTML Because of the large number of libraries in Quicklisp, doing this sequentially may require several hours of processing. We report on our experiments parallelizing Quickref. Experimental data on the morphology of Quicklisp libraries has been collected. Based on this data, we are able to propose a number of parallelization schemes that reduce the total processing time by a factor of 3.8 to 4.5, depending on the exact situation.

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