[R] Mathematica now working with Nvidia GPUs --> any plan for R?
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Nov 19 07:56:37 CET 2008
On Tue, 18 Nov 2008, Emmanuel Levy wrote:
> Dear All,
> I just read an announcement saying that Mathematica is launching a
> version working with Nvidia GPUs. It is claimed that it'd make it
> ~10-100x faster!
Well, lots of things are 'claimed' in marketing (and Wolfram is not shy to
claim). I think that you need lots of GPUs, as well as the right problem.
> I was wondering if you are aware of any development going into this
> direction with R?
It seems so, as users have asked about using CUDA in R packages.
Parallelization is not at all easy, but there is work on making R better
able to use multi-core CPUs, which are expected to become far more common
that tens of GPUs.
> Thanks for sharing your thoughts,
> Best wishes,
PS: R-devel is the list on which to discuss the development of R.
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