pigz, which stands for parallel implementation of gzip, is a fully
functional replacement for gzip that exploits multiple processors and multiple cores to the hilt when
pigz was written by Mark Adler, and uses the
zlib and pthread
libraries. To compile and use pigz, please read the README file in the source code distribution. You can read the pigz manual page here.
If you like, you can subscribe to the pigz-announce
email list to be notified when new versions are released.
How is it pronounced?
I'm glad you asked. It is pronounced “pig-zee”.
It is not pronounced like the plural of pig.