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Design and implementation of GXP make — A workflow system based on make

Taura, Kenjiro; Matsuzaki, Takuya; Miwa, Makoto; Kamoshida, Yoshikazu; Yokoyama, Daisaku; Dun, Nan; Shibata, Takeshi; Jun, Choi Sung; Tsujii, Jun'ichi


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workflow system called GXP make. GXP make supports all
the features of GNU make and extends its platforms from
single node systems to clusters, clouds, supercomputers, and
distributed systems. Interestingly, it is achieved by a very small
code base that does not modify GNU make implementation at
all. While being not ideal for performance, it achieved a useful
performance and scalability of dispatching one million tasks in
approximately 16,000 seconds (60 tasks per second, including
dependence analysis) on an 8 core Intel Nehalem node. For
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interactions from biomedical texts on a supercomputer with more
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