[R] Problems building R 2.2.1 with libgoto and SSE2 enabled

From: Ivan Adzhubey <iadzhubey_at_rics.bwh.harvard.edu>
Date: Thu 23 Feb 2006 - 18:50:40 EST


I am trying to build R 2.2.1 with Kazushige Goto's BLAS library (libgoto) and encountered a problem: I have two computers with the almost identical hardware (P4 Northwood CPU, i875 chipset, 2GB DDR400 RAM) and identical Linux OS. I have the latest version of libgoto for this CPU installed on both boxes (libgoto_northwood32p-r1.00.so) and I am using gcc compiler flags "-O2 -march=pentium4 -mfpmath=sse -msse2" to enable use of SSE2 extensions. With one computer that works perfectly, while on the other one "make check" constantly fails on lm-test. If I remove "-mfpmath=sse -msse2" part from the gcc flags then all checks pass on the second computer too. Any hints on what may cause the error? Anyone willing to share his/her experience on building and using R with SSE2 and on libgoto performance in particular? I was planning to give ATLAS a try but pre-built binaries are not available for my distro and on my AMD Opteron cluster it took almost 48 hours to build. I am not sure my home computer (the one that gives me errors with libgoto/SSE2) would survive this.


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