[R-sig-hpc] parallel and openblas

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Wed Apr 25 14:28:48 CEST 2012

This is getting off-topic for r-sig-hpc ...

On 24 April 2012 at 19:10, M. Edward (Ed) Borasky wrote:
| On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM, Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd at debian.org> wrote:
| > Too much credit. I "merely" take care of R (and Octave earlier on). This is
| > distributed work, and the Atlas (and other BLAS) maintainers, starting with
| > Camm and now Sylvestre, are doing an amazing job. I simply know how to reuse
| > that to R's benefit.
| Speaking of packaging for distros, it looks like the OpenSUSE Build
| Service has some semi-automated setup for grabbing Perl packages from
| CPAN and wrapping them up as RPMs. I haven't dug into it, but I've
| been seeing all sorts of useful things show up in the repositories. If
| it can be done for CPAN using the OpenSUSE Build Service testing /
| building infrastructure, it ought to be possible for CRAN as well. And
| the infrastructure is capable of packaging for all the major distros,
| not just openSUSE.

Go for it. 

After roughly a decade's work, and around four or five different attempts, we
now have an archive for 'apt-get r-cran-$ANYTHING' for Ubuntu (that is,
Michael Rutter's PPA on launchpad covering different Ubuntu builds) as well
as one for Debian (that is, Don Armstrong's debian-r.debian.net covering
Debian testing and now stable as well).

So it can be done, but there is a lot of detailed work underneath it. And
it's nice to have, especially for clusters as it minimizes per-node work and
keeps them in sync.

And it all started with the cran2deb work we did based on Albrecht's script
written initially for ... OpenSUSE and then ported to Debian. What goes
around comes around.


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