[R-sig-Debian] Most recent version R for IBM Power8 Ubuntu environment

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd @end|ng |rom deb|@n@org
Tue Feb 26 16:06:49 CET 2019


On 21 February 2019 at 15:14, Bill Glessner wrote:
| What is he most recent version of R known to run reliably in an environment of IBM HPC cluster Power8 systems, Ubuntu 16.04.1 operating environment with gpfs as the cluster file-system? It would seem from 'apt' checking to be R-3.2.3; however, that one is rather old and does not support a sufficient number of R packages that are needed for current university research projects. R-3.5.1 has been built from source on the IBM HPC cluster and passed its 'make check' without incident; but, when actual project work began, it did not complete and issued console messages indicating R task timeouts.

Ubuntu proper may support Power8. That would provide whatever version of R
was current when the particular Ubuntu release was made.  Ubuntu 16.04 is
outdated, with Ubuntu 18.04 you would (IIRC) get R 3.4.4.

What is at CRAN as backports is provided by volunteers on shoestring
budgets. Hence almost everything you see there is for x86_64. (Johannes
backports Debian builds to arm as well as he has need for it).

So for Power8 help ... we can help with tips but I fear you may have to
spearhead.  The good news is that it should not be hard.

Hth, Dirk

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