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Distributed R is a scalable high-performance platform for the R language. It enables and accelerates large scale machine learning, statistical analysis, and graph processing.

The Distributed R platform exposes data structures, such as distributed arrays, to store data across a cluster. Arrays act as a single abstraction to efficiently express both machine learning algorithms, which primarily use matrix operations, and graph algorithms, which manipulate the graph’s adjacency matrix. In addition to distributed arrays, the platform also provides distributed data frames, lists and loops.

Using Distributed R constructs, data can be loaded in parallel from any data source. Distributed R also provides a parallel data loader from the Vertica database. Please see vRODBC repository.

Installing from binaries

Distributed R is delivered in a single, easy-to-install tar file. The installation tool "distributedR_install" installs the platform and all parallel algorithm R packages. You can register and get the tar file here.

You can also get a Virtual Machine with everything installed here.

Installing from source

  1. Install dependencies:
  • On Ubuntu:

      $ sudo apt-get install -y make gcc g++ libxml2-dev rsync bison byacc flex
  • On CentOS:

      $ sudo yum install -y make gcc gcc-c++ libxml2-devel rsync bison byacc flex
  1. Install R:
  • On Ubuntu:

      $ echo "deb trusty/" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/r.list
      $ sudo apt-get update
      $ sudo apt-get install -y --force-yes r-base-core
  • On CentOS:

      $ curl -O
      $ sudo rpm -i epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
      $ sudo yum update
      $ sudo yum install R R-devel
  1. Install R dependencies:

     $ sudo R  # to install globally
     R> install.packages(c('Rcpp','RInside','XML','randomForest','data.table'))
  2. Compile and install Distributed R:

     $ R CMD INSTALL platform/executor
     $ R CMD INSTALL platform/master
  3. Or directly from the R console:

     R> devtools::install_github('vertica/DistributedR',subdir='platform/executor')
     R> devtools::install_github('vertica/DistributedR',subdir='platform/master')
  4. Open R and run an example:

     distributedR_start()  # start DR
     B <- darray(dim=c(9,9), blocks=c(3,3), sparse=FALSE) # create a darray
     foreach(i, 1:npartitions(B),
       init<-function(b = splits(B,i), index=i) {
       b <- matrix(index, nrow=nrow(b), ncol=ncol(b))
     })  # initialize it
     getpartition(B) # collect darray data
     distributedR_shutdown() # stop DR

How to Contribute

You can help us in different ways:

  1. Reporting issues.
  2. Contributing code and sending a Pull Request.

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