Parallel R
Data Analysis in the Distributed World
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2011
Pages: 126

It’s tough to argue with R as a high-quality, cross-platform, open source statistical software product—unless you’re in the business of crunching Big Data. This concise book introduces you to several strategies for using R to analyze large datasets, including three chapters on using R and Hadoop together. You’ll learn the basics of Snow, Multicore, Parallel, Segue, RHIPE, and Hadoop Streaming, including how to find them, how to use them, when they work well, and when they don’t.

With these packages, you can overcome R’s single-threaded nature by spreading work across multiple CPUs, or offloading work to multiple machines to address R’s memory barrier.

  • Snow: works well in a traditional cluster environment
  • Multicore: popular for multiprocessor and multicore computers
  • Parallel: part of the upcoming R 2.14.0 release
  • R+Hadoop: provides low-level access to a popular form of cluster computing
  • RHIPE: uses Hadoop’s power with R’s language and interactive shell
  • Segue: lets you use Elastic MapReduce as a backend for lapply-style operations
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It's about parallel R

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It's OK, but it's pretty obvious early on that R is not as robust when it comes to something you might want to run in a multi process application. Yes. You can program your own use cases, but if your going to do that, use a language that is more complete like python, or Java which have the same or better multiprocessing Capabilities.

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    Comments about oreilly Parallel R:

    This is a short guide to a handful of parallel R libraries. There's also alot of emphasis on how to connect R to the world of big data, three chapters are dedicated to running R and Hadoop; R+Hadoop, RHIPE and Seque. I think it's a good, short read for the more experienced R-programmer and I also like the small size.

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