R-alpha: Re: R-beta: Re: S Compatibility

Ross Ihaka ihaka@stat.auckland.ac.nz
Thu, 1 May 1997 09:01:33 +1200 (NZST)

Peter Dalgaard writes:

> > Its something we definitely need (almost as much as REAL libraries).
> > If only there were another 24 hours in each day ...

> No problem. You just need someone as smart as you are to chip in with
> the development. Or four people half as smart ;^)

Or half the time of someone twice as smart ...
Did I see you putting your hand up? :-)

> There might also be some more "brutal" approaches, such as having the
> vector heap as a memory-mapped file, leaving the cacheing and similar
> work to the operating system. OS's are already quite good at handling
> files with holes in them, so it's not like allocating a huge file just
> for a handful af variables. Some special routines for defragmentation
> might be necessary, though. Not that I really know what I'm talking
> about...

I recall that the reason we got into this is first place was watching
S thrashing our disks to bits while the cpus stood idle ...
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