Re: [Rd] Compiling R for the Sony Playstation 3?

From: <elw_at_stderr.org>
Date: Fri, 03 Aug 2007 09:09:59 -0500 (CDT)

I've been working off-and-on for a few months on devising some patches to R to make it much happier with a Cell processor; to be honest I've not had much time to work at it lately.

Douglas is right that it is mostly a PPC64 sort of architecture; taking real advantage of the hardware is going to require support for a different BLAS (that knows how to handle the SPUs...) be patched into R's configure scripts.

Beyond that, there may be a few more things that can be done to make R run "stupidly fast" on ps3 or IBM Cell blades.

--e

On Fri, 3 Aug 2007, Douglas Bates wrote:

> Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2007 08:52:35 -0500
> From: Douglas Bates <bates_at_stat.wisc.edu>
> To: marc_schwartz@comcast.net
> Cc: R-devel List <r-devel_at_r-project.org>
> Subject: Re: [Rd] Compiling R for the Sony Playstation 3?
>
> On 8/1/07, Marc Schwartz <marc_schwartz_at_comcast.net> wrote:
>> On Wed, 2007-08-01 at 11:13 -0500, Douglas Bates wrote:
>>> Has anyone installed Linux on a Sony Playstation 3 and compiled R for it?
>
>> Doug,
>>
>> I don't have any personal experience with both Linux and R on the PS3,
>> but do know folks who have run Linux successfully on that platform.
>>
>> Here are some links that you might find helpful to at least cover the
>> first part:
>>
>> http://www.playstation.com/ps3-openplatform/manual.html
>>
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_for_PlayStation_3
>>
>> http://www.engadget.com/2006/11/19/fedora-linux-up-and-running-on-playstation-3-with-video/
>>
>>
>> There are additional links, as usual, on the Wikipedia page.
>
> I did successfully install Ubuntu 7.04 ("feisty") on a Playstation 3.
> Once you have Ubuntu installed you can use the standard package
> management tools for Debian/Ubuntu to install the r-base-core,
> r-recommended and r-base-dev packages. Those packages are for R-2.4.1
> but I had no trouble installing and checking the most recent versions of
> R from the SVN site.
>
> Essentially the Playstation 3 becomes a typical Ubuntu system with all
> the tools from Ubuntu. At present X11 uses the framebuffer device so
> the graphics is poor by X11 standards and very poor by gamer's
> standards.
>
> Overall it is quite amazing given that the PS3 with a 60GB hard drive is
> now being sold in the U.S. for $500 and that includes a Blu-ray DVD
> drive and full 1080p HDMI interface. At $500 it is one of the cheapest
> Blu-ray DVD players, which is what I bought it for. It's great to be
> able to run R on my DVD player.
>
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