Parallelizing Bzip2: A Case Study in Multicore Software Engineering

@article{Pankratius2009ParallelizingBA,
  title={Parallelizing Bzip2: A Case Study in Multicore Software Engineering},
  author={Victor Pankratius and Ali Jannesari and Walter F. Tichy},
  journal={IEEE Software},
  year={2009},
  volume={26}
}
We conducted a case study of parallelizing a real program for multicore computers using currently available libraries and tools. We selected the sequential Bzip2 compression program for the study because it's a computing-intensive, widely used, and relevant application in everyday life. Its source code is available, and its algorithm is well documented. In addition, the algorithm is non-trivial, but, with 8,000 LOC, the application is small enough to manage in a course. 
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