[Rd] Memory allocation in read.table

Hadley Wickham h.wickham at gmail.com
Wed Aug 28 20:24:53 CEST 2013

> Yup - parsing is the most expensive part. That's why for high-throughput data you don't want to use ASCII representation. It's amazing that the disk speeds are now so high that CPUs are the bottlenecks now, not vice versa.

Do you have any recommendations for binary formats? For R, is there
anything obviously better than Rdata?


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