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Simple Parallel Statistical Computing in R
UW Biostatistics Working Paper Series
  • Anthony Rossini, University of Washington
  • Luke Tierney, University of Iowa
  • Na Li, University of Washington
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Theoretically, many modern statistical procedures are trivial to parallelize. However, practical deployment of a parallelized implementation which is robust and reliably runs on different computational cluster configurations and environments is far from trivial. We present a framework for the R statistical computing language that provides a simple yet powerful programming interface to a computational cluster. This interface allows the development of R functions that distribute independent computations across the nodes of the computational cluster. The resulting framework allows statisticians to obtain significant speed-ups for some computations at little additional development cost. The particular implementation can be deployed in heterogeneous computing environments.

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Anthony Rossini, Luke Tierney and Na Li. "Simple Parallel Statistical Computing in R" (2003)
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