Oracle R Distribution and Open Source R

March 13, 2012
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(This article was first published on Oracle R Enterprise, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Oracle provides the Oracle R Distribution, an Oracle-supported distribution of open source R. Support for Oracle R Distribution is provided to customers of the Oracle Advanced Analytics option and the Oracle Big Data Appliance. The Oracle R Distribution facilitates enterprise acceptance of R, since the lack of a major corporate sponsor has made some companies concerned about fully adopting R. With the Oracle R Distribution, Oracle plans to contribute bug fixes and relevant enhancements to open source R. Oracle R Distribution also employs Intel's Math Kernel Library (MKL) to enable optimized, multi-threaded math routines, providing relevant R functions maximum performance on Intel hardware.

Oracle plans to actively maintain interoperability with current R versions by developing Oracle R Enterprise on the last stable point release of open source R. With the Oracle R Distribution, Oracle plans to expand support to the open source community by contributing bug fixes and relevant enhancements to open source R.  All of these improvements will be made publicly available to the R community. Oracle has already released to the open source community an enhanced version of ROracle, which it now maintains. Support for Oracle R Distribution, Oracle R Enterprise, and Oracle R Connector for Hadoop is provided through standard Oracle Support channels for licensed customers.

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