[R] Ideal (possible) configuration for an exalted R system

Kingsford Jones kingsfordjones at gmail.com
Mon Feb 16 21:44:48 CET 2009

Hi Harsh,

The useR! 2008 site has useful information.  E.g. talks by

Graham Williams:


Dirk Eddelbuettel


and others


A few days ago I was googling to see what types of workstations are
available these days.  Here's some with up to 64gb ram:


Perhaps it won't be long before we see such memory in laptops:


Like you, I'd also be interested in hearing about configurations folks
have used to work w/ large datasets.


Kingsford Jones

On Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 5:10 AM, Harsh <singhalblr at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I am trying to assemble a system that will allow me to work with large
> datasets (45-50 million rows, 300-400 columns) possibly amounting to
> 10GB + in size.
> I am aware that R 64 bit implementations on Linux boxes are suitable
> for such an exercise but I am looking for configurations that R users
> out there may have used in creating a high-end R system.
> Due to a lot of apprehensions that SAS users have about R's data
> limitations, I want to demonstrate R's usability even with very large
> datasets as mentioned above.
> I would be glad to hear from users(share configurations and system
> specific information) who have desktops/servers on which they use R to
> crunch massive datasets.
> Any suggestions in expanding R's functionality in the face of gigabyte
> class datasets would be appreciated.
> Thanks
> Harsh Singhal
> Decision Systems,
> Mu Sigma Inc.
> Chicago, IL
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