Re: [R] How to set up multiple spawns of R?

From: Dirk Eddelbuettel <>
Date: Sat, 01 Mar 2008 12:18:58 -0600

On 1 March 2008 at 09:19, Guy Perry wrote:
| Sorry: resending this; didn't have a title on it.
| Trying to set up multiple spawns of R
| -------------------------------------------
| Hi. I'm new to the list but I have a small problem with R. I'm trying to
| set up multiple spawns of R active at the same time on an AMD with a dual
| core in Vista so that I can cut down my permutation processing time.
| I've installed R in multiple places, which I thought was the correct way to
| do it but whether I use installs at "C:\Program Files\R1" and "C\...\R2", or
| even separately on the C: and D: drive, whenever I try to load my package
| (qtl), it gives me the error message:
| Error in library(qtl) : there is no package called 'qtl'
| The thing is, I've installed the packagen in both places (C\...\R1 and
| C\...\R2, or both the C: and D: drives) and it still gives me the message.
| Does anyone know how to set up a simultaneous R spawn? Clearly I'm wrong
| about how to get it started.

Afraid so. What made you think you needed to _install R multiple times_ in order to _run R multiple times_ ? In short, you don't.

R's core engine is single-threaded, so there is no obvious shortcut. That said, yopu can of course use parallel coding toolkits like Rmpi to spawn multiple R session -- which may be beneficial even if you don't have multiple cores. These things have been discussed a few times, so some focused Google queries (or RSiteSearch() queries) may help.

Hth, Dirk

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