With the very rapid uptake of R in many fields, its limitations in distributed or large system architecture has been a hurdle in a number of fields (eg: Bioinformtics, Environmental Sciences, Economics). Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) has picked up on this challenge.

They have been working onbgdR. There is a clear explanation of their priorities and plans in the April 2017 issue of HPCWire.

These extensions are seemlessly available on all nodes of nscc.colby.edu today.