And now there’s a new package to add to the list: the fst package. Like the data.table package (the fast data.frame replacement for R), the primary focus of the fst package is speed. The chart below compares the speed of reading and writing data to/from CSV files (with fwrite/fread), feather, fts, and the native R RDS format. The vertical axis is throughput in megabytes per second — more is better. As you can see, fst outperforms the other options for both reading (orange) and writing (green).
These early numbers look great, so this is a project worth keeping an eye on.