Re: [Rd] R and ATLAS and distributing across boxes

From: Dirk Eddelbuettel <>
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 07:46:10 -0600

On 9 March 2011 at 14:34, Adam D. I. Kramer wrote:
| If I have a cluster of heterogenous machines, each with their own
| self-optimized ATLAS, do I need to compile R on each machine to tell it to
| take advantage of the local ATLAS? Or is it sufficient to compile R once
| with the appropriate --with-blas and --with-lapack flags, and then trust
| that, once installed on a certain box, R will look in the right place and
| find and use the local library?

Correct. Shared libraries, well-defined interfaces, hence plug-and-play.

| Or will I need to recompile R on each box?

No. If they all have libblas and liblapack somewhere were finds them you should be fine/  

| Googling around has shown me how to have R use ATLAS instead of
| native BLAS, but none of them note whether changing the BLAS library out
| from under an R binary will change the code that R executes.

Blas etc use is discussed in Appendix A.3 Linear algebra of the R Installation and Administration manual.


Dirk Eddelbuettel | |

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