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

Publication year: 2011
Source: Future Generation Computer Systems, In Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available online 13 June 2011

Kenjiro, Taura , Takuya, Matsuzaki , Makoto, Miwa , Yoshikazu, Kamoshida , Daisaku, Yokoyama , …

This paper describes a rationale behind designing workflow systems based on the Unix make by showing a number of idioms useful for workflows comprising many tasks. It also demonstrates a specific design and implementation of such a 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…

 Highlights: ► With GXP make, you can run your makefiles in parallel in clusters and distributed environments. ► It attains 200 tasks/sec throughput while guaranteeing near perfect compatibility with GNU make. ► Many features of Makefile useful for describing workflows of many tasks are uncovered. ► GXP make facilitates a smooth transition from single-node (multicore) environments to clusters and supercomputers.