[R-sig-hpc] R on a Beowulf Cluster

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Mon Dec 20 22:08:46 CET 2010

On 20 December 2010 at 14:54, Michael D wrote:
| Greetings HPC SIG,
| I recently found out my school has a HPC project where they use Beowulf
| clusters and I was really hoping to wield this computing power before I
| finish my last semester; mostly to be acquainted with the workflow but also
| to run some large simulations for the course I'll be in.
| Suggestions for any interesting topics I might try are welcome.
| What I really need is some idea of what libraries I would need to have in
| order to run some R jobs on the system. It will take a bit of negotiation
| with the admins to get the packages I need so I'd like to have as complete a
| list as possible to start. I can get the details of the setup if that would
| be necessary.
| Also, I've seen the list of relevant packages (
| http://cran.r-project.org/web/views/HighPerformanceComputing.html) but my
| knowledge of computing only goes so far (my knowledge of HPC even less so)
| and my fall-back method of ctrl-f "beowulf" turned up no results.

We wrote a survey paper a little while back on this topic which may be a
suitable intro or refresher for you. It is linked from the HPC Task View and
is otherwise pretty easy to google too.

Enjoy,  Dirk

| Thanks for the help,
| Michael DePersio
| M.S. Candidate
| Georgetown University Department of Mathematics and Statistics
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