Today I wanted to create a backup from a folder on a server with 16 CPUs. I started looking for an option that can utilize my hardware to archive a folder better than how tar does it. Something with multi-thread support probably. I did some research and I figured there are tools like pbzip2 and pigz but they can only compress, not archive. So do you guys have an elegant solution for that?
Archiving itself is I/O-intensive, and won't benefit from multiple cores. Feed the uncompressed output of tar to one of the programs you found.
where whizbang is replaced with your favorite compressor depending on speed vs size preferences
What Ignacio said... but
So, my suggestion:
The next step, of course, would be badgering the maintainers of