[R] Optimal platform for R

Michael Prager Mike.Prager at noaa.gov
Fri Mar 10 05:51:25 CET 2006

gwelleni at bidmc.harvard.edu wrote on 3/9/2006 4:47 PM:
> I'm looking to buy a new desktop which will primarily be used for
> analyses of large datasets (100s of MB). I've seen postings from several
> years back re the 'optimal' platform for running R, but nothing more
> recently. 
> Specifically, I want to know: 1) if I run R under Windows, does having a
> dual-processor machine help speed things up? And 2) is it still true
> that R performs about as well under Windows as Linux? 

Duncan Murdoch has already answered your questions about operating
systems.  I would like to add that if there is significant I/O in what
you are doing, fast SCSI disks are a worthwhile investment.  The speed
increase over ATA or SATA disks has been, in my experience, quite

Michael H. Prager, Ph.D.
Population Dynamics Team
NOAA Center for Coastal Habitat and Fisheries Research
NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Beaufort, North Carolina  28516  USA

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