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Oracle to Support R for Big Data Analytics

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 30 August 2012, 11:02 Hrs
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Bangalore: Increasing the accessibility of big data analytics within enterprises, Oracle has announced enhanced support for the R statistical programming language. Further demonstrating Oracle’s commitment to the open source community, this enhanced support includes new platform ports of R for Oracle Solaris and AIX in addition to Linux and Windows, connectivity to Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database in addition to Oracle Database, and integration of hardware-specific Math libraries for faster performance.

Oracle’s Open Source distribution of R is available with the Oracle Big Data Appliance and available for download now. Oracle also offers Oracle R Enterprise, a component of Oracle Advanced Analytics that enables R processing on Oracle Database servers.

Since its introduction in 1995, R has attracted more than two million users and is widely used today for developing statistical applications that analyze big data. Oracle is committed to making big data analytics more accessible in the enterprise and improving data scientist productivity with faster performance.

"Big data analytics is a top priority for our customers, and the R statistical programming language is a key tool for performing these analytics,” said Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president, Oracle Database Server Technologies. “With this announcement, we continue to enhance and expand our industry-leading support for R across the Oracle Database, Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database, and Hadoop platforms.”
More specifically, the latest developments to Oracle’s R distribution include:

Extended Platform Ports: In addition to Linux and Windows, Oracle is delivering the first supported port of R for Oracle Solaris and AIX platforms.

Enhanced Database Connectivity: In addition to Oracle Database connectivity, Oracle has extended the ROracle open source package to integrate with Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database.

Integration with Hardware-Optimized Math Libraries: Oracle is delivering an open source distribution of R that is enabled to work dynamically with Oracle’s Sun Sunperf, Intel's MKL, and AMD's ACML Math libraries, enabling R to run extremely fast on all compatible hardware.

By integrating the powerful R statistical programming language with proven Oracle technologies, this enhanced support from Oracle delivers data scientists a consistent experience on the infrastructure of their choice, whether on a laptop, on Hadoop, or in the database itself.

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