[Rd] Snow or alternative MPI packages on Windows

Markus Schmidberger schmidb at ibe.med.uni-muenchen.de
Wed Jul 16 16:44:09 CEST 2008


we are using Rmpi and snow on windows. It is working very well.
We are using Windows Server 2003 and *MPICH2.

I probably will manage to have some tests with the new snow 
(*snow_0.3-3)* version this week.


Martin Morgan schrieb:
> giuseppe1.milicia at hsbcib.com writes:
>> Guys,
>> I'm running R on both Windows & Linux. I'm looking at a number of packages
>> for parallel execution. It seems that the most used packages are "snow" and
>> "Rmpi".
>> snow seems more user friendly, but it doesn't run on windows. I see from
>> searching the mailing list that I'm not the first one to try it on Windows.
>> There was a message that kind of shed some hope on the subject, but nothing
>> else.
>> Rmpi works well on windows (with DeinoMPI) but it's kind of low level, so
>> before I embark in writing code similar to snow to have some high level
>> constructs I though I'd ask here about other peoples experiences...
> Rmpi has low-level facilities, but things like mpi.spawn.Rslaves,
> mpi.parLapply and mpi.bcast.cmd are high-level in the same way that
> snow is.
> Hopefully others will comment with windows-specific input.
> Martin
>> Is anyone around here doing parallel R on Windows? If so could you share
>> your experience?
>> Cheers,
>> // Giuseppe
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Dipl.-Tech. Math. Markus Schmidberger

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