[Rd] FastR

Michael Haupt michael.haupt at oracle.com
Wed Feb 12 15:33:47 CET 2014

Dear all,

at UseR! 2013, the FastR project was announced by Tomas Kalibera, Petr Maj, and Jan Vitek. FastR is an implementation of the R programming language in Java using AST interpretation and specialisation for improved performance. Since, the implementation has been extended to support JIT compilation, leading to performance improvements.

The goal of the project is to further the R community and its success by hoping to make the R language even higher-level and faster to meet continually evolving challenges. The implementation currently lacks many of R's features, such as data frames, S3/S4, packages, graphics, ..., but it is growing.

At this time, FastR is a collaborative effort of Purdue University, Johannes-Kepler-University Linz, and Oracle Labs. Contributions in all possible forms - tests, code, bug fixes, design hints, criticism - are very welcome!

I would like to point the R developers to the FastR project page, now on BitBucket: https://bitbucket.org/allr. The project mailing list is at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/fastr/info.

Best regards,

Michael Haupt

Dr. Michael Haupt
Principal Member of Technical Staff
Phone: +49 331 200 7277, Fax: +49 331 200 7561
Oracle Labs
Oracle Deutschland B.V. & Co. KG, Schiffbauergasse 14, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

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