[R-sig-Geo] pqR ?

Hodgess, Erin HodgessE at uhd.edu
Fri Jun 28 21:05:19 CEST 2013

bSomething interesting with pqR:  I was working through the ASDAR book in Chapter 2.  In the accompanying code, one of the chunks said, "this takes a long time".  I timed it with R-3.0.1 and got 17.28 elapsed time.  In pqR, it only took 8.513 in elapsed time.

Not too shabby!


From: r-sig-geo-bounces at r-project.org [r-sig-geo-bounces at r-project.org] on behalf of Barry Rowlingson [b.rowlingson at lancaster.ac.uk]
Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2013 11:39 AM
To: Boulanger, Yan
Cc: St-Amant, Rémi; r-sig-geo at r-project.org; Guindon,   Luc; Villemaire,        Philippe
Subject: Re: [R-sig-Geo] pqR ?

Step 1 - write some spatial benchmarks.

 I would benchmark: spatial object creation from files (shapefiles,
typically, but this probably more an I/O benchmark), spatial object
creation from primitive objects (the
SpatialPolygons(list(Polygons(list(matrix))))) stuff), over, and
everything in rgeos, as many kriging packages as you can find, and as
much of raster as you can think of. Quite a bit of that is already in
C so might not get any faster in pqR. But a spatial benchmark suite
would be nice anyway.

I've just benchmarked my time and I have 0s to do this.

On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 4:09 PM, Boulanger, Yan
<Yan.Boulanger at rncan-nrcan.gc.ca> wrote:
> Dear forumities,
> Did anyone tried pqR for spatial analyses ? I don't know if the worth the case (I will have to try myself) but it seems that pqR (which was released last week) is able to perform operations in parallel, especially on matrices so I guess it could substantially reduce the computation time when e.g., doing simple mathematical operations on rasters.
> "One notable improvement is that pqR is able to do some numeric computations in parallel with each other, and with other operations of the interpreter, on systems with multiple processors or processor cores" (http://radfordneal.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/announcing-pqr-a-faster-version-of-r/)
> The program is only available for the moment, for UNIX and Linux platforms although it seems to run correctly on Mac.
> Any thoughts?
> Yan
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