[R] SSD vs RAM upgrade

Mark Sharp msharp at txbiomed.org
Mon Sep 14 19:14:03 CEST 2015


Unless you are doing something very unusual (such as using a database to keep intermediate results) SSD hardware will have no affect on R being memory bound. According to the behavior you described, you need RAM. 

R. Mark Sharp, Ph.D.
Director of Primate Records Database
Southwest National Primate Research Center
Texas Biomedical Research Institute
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e-mail: msharp at TxBiomed.org

> On Sep 14, 2015, at 10:44 AM, Kulas, John T. <jtkulas at stcloudstate.edu> wrote:
> I have several lab computers that frequently lag/crash with R apparently due to low RAM (they're all 8 GB)
> I put in a request to up the RAM to 32 GB on a few, but my tech support is suggesting an SSD harddrive upgrade instead of the increased RAM.
> Any suggestions on the better approach (SSD harddrive vs increased RAM to help R chug along)?
> Thanks much - John
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