There are many common workloads in R that are "embarrassingly parallel": group-by analyses, simulations, and cross-validation of models are just a few examples. In this talk I'll describe several techniques available in R to speed up workloads like these, by running multiple iterations simultaneously, in parallel.
Many of these techniques require the use of a cluster of machines running R, and I'll provide examples of using cloud-based services to provision clusters for parallel computations. In particular, I will describe how you can use the SparklyR package to distribute data manipulations using the dplyr syntax, on a cluster of servers provisioned in the Azure cloud.
Presented by David Smith at Data Day Texas in Austin, January 27 2018.