Andrew Lih and Erez Zadok
Computer Science Department, Columbia University
July 13, 1994
We describe pgmake, which extends the GNU project's make utility to support distributed job execution using the Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM) package from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. These two packages were chosen because of their high level of portability to different architectures, free source code distribution policy and availability to the public.
Using medium-sized farms of modest performing workstations, our system has achieved software build times faster than expensive high-speed uni- and multiprocessors. The highly portable code addditions make this implementation easy to port among various platforms.