[Rd] OpenBLAS in everyday R?

Benjamin Tyner btyner at gmail.com
Wed Jan 10 00:03:12 CET 2018

Please pardon my ignorance, but doesn't OpenBLAS still not always play 
nicely with multi-threaded OpenMP? (for example, don't race conditions 
sometimes crop up)? If so, it might be nice to have the ability to 
temporarily disable multi-threaded OpenMP (effectively: 
omp_set_num_threads(1)) for the duration of operations using OpenBLAS.


> Julia using OpenBLAS is *very* reassuring.
> I agree that having it included as an options(...) feature should be OK.
> On Sun, Dec 17, 2017, 3:22 PM Juan Telleria <jtelleriar at gmail.com <https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-devel>> wrote:
> >/Julia Programming Language uses also OpenBlas, and it is actively />/maintained with bugs being fixed as I have checked it out: />//>/http://www.openblas.net/Changelog.txt />//>/So I still see it ok to be included as an options(...) feature (by 
> default />/off, just for safety), over other Blas libraries. />//>/R could not use Intel MKL for legal reasons (I think), because as long />/that R ships with GPL libraries, shipping R by default with Non-GPL is />/illegal. />//>/Cheers, />/Juan />//>/El 17/12/2017 2:50 a. m., "Avraham Adler" <avraham.adler at gmail.com 
> <https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-devel>> />/escribió: />//>>/On Sat, Dec 16, 2017 at 7:41 PM, Kenny Bell <kmbell56 at gmail.com 
> <https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-devel>> wrote: />>/> It seems like many of the multi-threaded BLASes have some sort of />>/> fundamental problem preventing use in the way Juan suggests: />>/> />>/> - Dirk's vignette states that ATLAS "fixes the number of cores used at />>/> compile-time and cannot vary this setting at run-time", so any />>/> user-friendly implementation for R would have to compile ATLAS for 
> 1-16 />>/> threads to allow the user to switch at run-time. This might 
> dramatically />>/> affect install times. />>/> />>/> - MKL seems like it's been outright rejected in the past based on not />>/> being "free-enough". />>/> />>/> - OpenBLAS causes crashes. />>/> />>/> Has anyone tried ExBLAS for use with R? />>/> />>/> On Sun, Dec 17, 2017 at 1:03 PM, Peter Langfelder < />>/> peter.langfelder at gmail.com 
> <https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-devel>> wrote: />>/> />>/>> I would be very cautious about OpenBLAS in particular... from time to />>/>> time I get complains from users that compiled code calculations in my />>/>> WGCNA package crash or produce wrong answers with large data, and 
> they />>/>> all come from OpenBLAS users. I am yet to reproduce any of their />>/>> crashes when using MKL and ATLAS BLAS implementations. />>/>> />>/>> Just my 2 cents... />>/>> />>/>> Peter />>//>>/I've been building R on Windows 64 bit with OpenBLAS for years and my />>/builds pass check-devel. For a while in the past it failed one check />>/as the tolerance was 5e-5 and with my build of OpenBLAS the error was />>/5.4e-5 or 5.7e-5, but that was changed around R 3.3, if I recall />>/correctly. I provide descriptions here [1], but I haven't gone so far />>/as to post compiled Rblas.dlls just yet. My personal build sets 4 />>/threads when compiling OpenBLAS itself as I'm currently on a quad-core />>/SandyBridge. In tests I ran a few years ago, both single and multi />>/threaded BLAS compile and then can be compiled into R with no issues />>/(on my platforms, at least). Most matrix operations performed better />>/with multi-threaded except for R's eigenvalue decomposition, to the />>/nest of my recollection. />>//>>/Avi />>//>>/[1] https://www.avrahamadler.com/r-tips/build-openblas-for-windows-r64/ />>//>>/______________________________________________ />>/R-devel at r-project.org 
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