[Bioc-devel] parallel support for Windows and RStudio

Dan Tenenbaum dtenenba at fhcrc.org
Thu Mar 21 15:41:15 CET 2013

On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 1:33 AM, Manuela Benary
<manuela.benary at cms.hu-berlin.de> wrote:
> Hi,
> we are currently developing a package, which has parallel (mclapply)
> support for some of the function. Because forking is not supported in
> Windows and when using RStudio, the parallel functions fail.

On which platform does RStudio not support mclapply? It should work in
all OSes except for Windows.

> The easiest
> solution would be to fall back on serial processing by setting the number
> of cores to 1, but is a bit unsatisfying.
> Is there an easy way for parallelisation under Windows/RStudio ? Do you
> have any suggestions?

The parallel package also supports socket clusters which will work on windows.
Look at ?makePSOCKcluster for more information.


> Best,
> Manuela
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