[Rd] Initializing a large data structure to be accessed strictly within a shared C library

James Muller james.s.muller at gmail.com
Wed Dec 28 00:58:46 CET 2011

Dear R-help members,

*(My apologies for cross-posting to both R-help and R-devel -- this
question straddles both domains...)*

The question:  Is it possible to initialize and later free a large data
structure strictly within a shared C library, to be used by a function in
the C library that I'll call from R--without ever having to pass data to
and from R? This is analogous to C++ object initialization/use/destruction,
but if possible I'd like to stay in C.

The context: I'm implementing a particle swarm optimization of a
60-dimension nonlinear transform, where the transform is defined in a
half-gigabyte dataset. By carefully initializing a C struct I can trim a
large amount of work from the PSO iteration stage. This is, of course,
straight forward if I implement the whole thing in a self-contained C
program--however, I'd like R to handle the optimization routines, and my
shared library to implement the value function.

So: what do folks think?



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