Re: [R] R on AMD64 (Opteron)

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Sat 24 Jul 2004 - 17:41:45 EST

On Fri, 23 Jul 2004, Asselin Jerome wrote:

> Hi,

> I was wondering if anyone has had good experiences using R on Linux with
> dual AMD64 (Opteron) processors. I'm thinking of buying a couple of such
> servers, but I'd like to make sure R would work fine.

> The "R Installation and Administration" guide notes that there may be

> some problems with BLAS libraries. That's all I could find about R on
> AMD64.
Actually it says with ATLAS BLAS, not generically.

> Please share your experience using R on AMD64.

Quite a few people, including us, are using R on such servers routinely with no problems at all. There are still some issues about how to squeeze the maximum performance out of them (e.g. which BLAS to use -- we are using Goto's -- and which compiler to use, e.g. Portland Group or Intel).

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
1 South Parks Road,                     +44 1865 272866 (PA)
Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595

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