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The fbseqCUDA package is an internal backend of fbseq package that runs the Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) procedure behind the scenes. It is implemented with CUDA for acceleration with parallel computing. For installation, CUDA must be installed. To use fbseqCUDA package in an MCMC, fbseq package must be installed, and a CUDA-capable general-purpose graphics processing unit (GPU) must be installed on your machine.

System requirements

  • The R version and R packages listed in the "Depends", "Imports", and "Suggests" fields of the "package's DESCRIPTION file.
  • A CUDA-capable NVIDIA graphics processing unit (GPU) with compute capability 2.0 or greater.
  • CUDA version 6.0 or greater. More information about CUDA is available through NVIDIA.
  • Optional: the code uses double precision values for computation, so GPUs that natively support double precision will be much faster than ones that do not.


Option 1: install a stable release (recommended).

Navigate to a list of stable releases on the project's GitHub page. Download the desired tar.gz bundle, then install it either with install.packages(..., repos = NULL, type="source") from within R R CMD INSTALL from the Unix/Linux command line.

Option 2: use install_github to install the development version.

For this option, you need the devtools package, available from CRAN or GitHub. Open R and run


Option 3: build the development version from the source.

Open a command line program such as Terminal in Mac/Linux and enter the following commands.

git clone
R CMD build fbseqCUDA

where ... is replaced by the name of the tarball produced by R CMD build.


If CUDA is not found, open fbseqCUDA/src/Makevars in a text editor. The top line reads

CUDA_HOME = /usr/local/cuda

but this may not be correct for your system. Replace /usr/local/cuda with the correct path to the installation of CUDA on your computer.