[R] Best Hardware & OS For Large Data Sets
tim+r-project.org at coote.org
Sat Feb 27 22:07:41 CET 2010
Is it possible to run a Linux guest VM on the Wintel box so that you
can run the 64 bit code? I used to do this on XP (but not for R).
On 27 Feb 2010, at 20:03, David Winsemius wrote:
> On Feb 27, 2010, at 12:47 PM, J. Daniel wrote:
>> I am acquiring a new computer in order to conduct data analysis. I
>> currently have a 32-bit Vista OS with 3G of RAM and I consistently
>> run into
>> memory allocation problems. I will likely be required to run
>> Windows 7 on
>> the new system, but have flexibility as far as hardware goes. Can
>> recommend the best hardware to minimize memory allocation
>> problems? I am
>> leaning towards dual core on a 64-bit system with 8G of RAM. Given
>> Windows constraint, is there anything I am missing here?
> Perhaps the fact that the stable CRAN version of R for (any) Windows
> is 32-bit? It would expand your memory space somewhat but not as
> much as you might naively expect.
> (There was a recent announcement that an experimental version of a
> 64-bit R was available (even with an installer) and there are
> vendors who will supply a 64-bit Windows version for an un-announced
> price. The fact that there was not as of January support for binary
> packages seems to a bit of a constraint on who would be able to
> "step up" to use full 64 bit R capabilities on Win64. I'm guessing
> from the your failure to mention potential software constraints that
> you are not among that more capable group, as I am also not.)
>> I know that Windows limits the RAM that a single application can
>> Does this fact over-ride many hardware considerations? Any way
>> around this?
> David Winsemius, MD
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