# Introduction to GNU Parallel

GNU parallel is a shell tool that allows you to execute jobs in parallel on one or more computers.

Say we are working on a single computer with four CPU cores and want to run thirty-two jobs. Allotting jobs, you may divide the jobs evenly prior to running the job.

With GNU parallel, it will in real-time split up the jobs to the cores that finish with smaller jobs.

This provides an easy way to test/run multiple parameters on a single script instead of using a for loop.

I’ll be writing a short tutorial on how to install and use GNU parallel in a future post.