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Running DoAzureParallel On The Cheap

David Smith reports an update on the doAzureParallel R package:

At the EARL conference in San Francisco this week, JS Tan from Microsoft gave an update (PDF slides here) on the doAzureParallel package . As we’ve noted here before, this package allows you to easily distribute parallel R computations to an Azure cluster. The package was recently updated to support using automatically-scaling Azure Batch clusters with low-priority nodes, which can be used at a discount of up to 80% compared to the price of regular high-availability VMs.

That lowers the barrier to usage significantly, so it’s a very welcome update.