'hpc' in the box - starts a maximum of n compute commands modulo n controlled in parallel

c=0; n=8; while true; do r=`echo $RANDOM%5 |bc`; echo "sleep $r"; sleep $r& 2>&1 >/dev/null && ((c++)); [ `echo "$c%$n" | bc` -eq 0 ] && echo "$c waiting" && wait; done
the block of the loop is useful whenever you have huge junks of similar jobs, e.g., convert high res images to thumbnails, and make usage out of all the SMP power on your compute box without flooding the system. note: c is used as counter and the random sleep r=`echo $RANDOM%5 |bc`; echo "sleep $r"; sleep $r is just used as a dummy command.
Sample Output
$ c=0; n=8; while true; do r=`echo $RANDOM%5 |bc`; echo "sleep $r"; sleep $r& 2>&1 >/dev/null && ((c++)); [ `echo "$c%$n" | bc` -eq 0 ] && echo "$c waiting" && wait; done 
sleep 1
[1] 25900
sleep 3
[2] 14967
sleep 0
[3] 3011
sleep 0
[4] 24050
sleep 3
[5] 25533
sleep 4
[6] 9794
sleep 3
[7] 17325
sleep 2
[8] 19922
8 waiting
sleep 4
[9] 29693
sleep 4
[10] 1863
sleep 0
[11] 21993
sleep 1
[12] 1450
sleep 2
[13] 23873
sleep 1
[14] 24563
sleep 3
[15] 625
sleep 0
[16] 9172
16 waiting
...

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By: cp
2010-07-08 13:56:28

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  • this oneliner uses make and it's jobserver for parallel execution of your script. The '-j' flag for make defines number of subprocesses to launch, '-f' tells make use stdin instead of Makefile. Also make have neat flag '-l', which "Specifies that no new jobs (commands) should be started if there are others jobs running and the load is at least load (a floating-point number)." Also you can use plain Makefile, for better readability: targets = $(subst .png,.jpg,$(wildcard *.png)) (targets): echo convert $(subst .jpg,.png,$@) $@ all : $(targets)


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    echo -n 'targets = $(subst .png,.jpg,$(wildcard *.png))\n$(targets):\n convert $(subst .jpg,.png,$@) $@ \nall : $(targets)' | make -j 4 -f - all
    mechmind · 2010-07-15 07:19:17 1

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wow, good idea!
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