[R] Condor and R

Douglas Bates dmbates at gmail.com
Tue Jan 24 20:41:08 CET 2006

On 1/24/06, David Reitter <david.reitter at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I was wondering if anyone has successfully linked R against the
> Condor libraries so that R can be run as a Condor job in the
> "standard" (not "vanilla") universe. The advantage of this would be
> that due to checkpointing, jobs can be suspended and transferred to
> another node. There is a good overview by Xianhong Xie here:
> http://cran.r-project.org/doc/Rnews/Rnews_2005-2.pdf
> Unfortunately, the article points out that some restrictions of
> Condor preclude us from running R in the standard universe. Does
> anyone know if this can be overcome?

I don't think it can currently be overcome and this is not likely to
change soon.  Condor doesn't like dynamic linking and loading for
programs in the standard universe and R more-or-less requires that. 
We reached the conclusion that changing either system to be compatible
with the other would require a lot of work.

Mike Redmond <redmond at stat.wisc.edu> may have more current information
about the possibility of running R in the standard Condor universe.

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