[R] Help with makeClusters for Snow

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Dec 23 11:12:20 CET 2009

See http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/contrib/2.10/@ReadMe for 
what packages are not made available as binary packages for Windows. 
You can install packages Rmpi and rpvm from the sources (but not 
easily) if you have the requisite software installed.  See e.g.


'NWS' is not a uniquely defined TLA. Perhaps CRAN package 'nws' is 
meant, which does have a Windows binary, but note the description

Description:   Provides coordination and parallel execution facilities,
                as well as limited cross-language data exchange, using
                the netWorkSpaces server developed by REvolution

which suggests you need a commercial product to use it (despite the 
lack of a SystemRequirements field).

On Wed, 23 Dec 2009, Patrick Connolly wrote:

> On Tue, 22-Dec-2009 at 09:38PM -0800, SVM wrote:
> |>
> [....]
> |>
> |> On top of that, I couldn't find the MPI/NWS/PVM libraries for windows. I've
> |> looked for them all over the internet but I can't seem to find any resources
> |> for it. I even tried installing them directly from R, (i.e.
> |> install.packages(rmpi) or install.packages(mpi)), they don't seem to exist
> |> in the repository any longer.
> Did they ever exist?  According to the listing of Rmpi on CRAN would
> indicate that there is none, only the tar.gz file.  This is very OS
> specific sort of stuff.
> best
> Patrick
> |>
> |> Can anyone please help me with this. Also, where can I find them and how do
> |> I install the PVM, MPI, and NWS packages?
> |>
> |> Any help would be greatly appreciated .

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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