Online resources for handling big data and parallel computing in R

May 6, 2012

(This article was first published on RDataMining, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

by Yanchang Zhao,

Compared with many other programming languages, such as C/C++ and Java, R is less efficient and consumes much more memory. Fortunately, there are some packages that enables parallel computing in R and also packages for processing big data in R without loading all data into RAM. I have collected some links to online documents and slides on handling big data and parallel computing in R, which are listed below. Many online resources on other topics related to data mining with R can be found at

  • State of the Art in Parallel Computing with R
    It provides an excellent overview and comparison of R packages for parallel computing, including packages for computer cluster, packages for grid computing, and packages for multi-core systems.


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