[Rd] MKL with latest Rs

Robert B. Gramacy rbg @end|ng |rom vt@edu
Wed Jul 17 15:18:31 CEST 2019

Dear R-devel team,

I've encountered problems with recent Rs (>= 3.5.3) and MKL.  I've followed
Dirk's (http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/blog/2018/04/15/) and Intel's (
instructions and many versions of MKL.  All works fine in my Ubuntu 18
setup for R 3.5.2 and older.  Carrying out the install and linking
instructions works fine for later Rs, but calculations involving linear
algebra become corrupted.  E.g., following Dirk's very simple svd example
from that link above ...

> n <- 1e3
> X <- matrix(rnorm(n*n),n,n)
> Xsvd <- svd(X)
> Xsvd$d[1:5]
[1] 63.09366 62.47868 62.26147 61.94530 61.84727

... you get Eigenvalues that are bigger than 1e26 in R-devel, say, but
(correct) values near 60 with R 3.5.2.

I just wanted to throw that out there in case anyone else had come across
something similar.  I don't mind using a slightly older R/MKL for my
stuff.  I might speculate that the Microsoft R Open folks are having
similar issues because they're still using older Rs.

I haven't tried compiling and linking from source (
https://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/R-admin.html#MKL) because I haven't
had success with that in some time.


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