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Parallel BZIP2

Description

Data need to be packed and compressed for archiveing or transfer. There are multiple tools available like tar and gzip, bzip. Pbzip2 is a paeallel implementation of bzip2. For general information see bzip2 and pbzip2

Availability

The tool is available on all nodes without loading any module.

Usage

Parallel packing and compressing can be performed on a compute node using tar with a specified number of threads

As an example, a file or directory /data/to/pack can be packed and compressed into a file /packed/file.tar.bz2 using the job script:

#SBATCH --job-name="pbzip2"
#SBATCH --time=01:00:00
#SBATCH --mem-per-cpu=2G
## For parallel jobs with 8 cores
#SBATCH --cpus-per-task=8           ## select the amount of cores required

source="data/to/pack"               ## specify your data to compress
target="/packed/file.tar.bz2"       ## specify directory and filename

# archive dir data_unibe to a tar file and compress it using pbzip2
srun tar -cS $source | pbzip2 -p$SLURM_CPUS_PER_TASK > $target

# Generate a sha256 fingerprint, to later check the integrity 
sha256sum $target > ${target}.sha256sum

Last update: 2022-03-01