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Oracle R Distribution is an Oracle-supported redistribution of open source R. Oracle R Distribution is provided as a free download from Oracle and comes pre-installed on Oracle Big Data Appliance. Oracle R Distribution is part of Oracle's overall strategy for Big Data. Oracle R Distribution facilitates enterprise acceptance of R, since the lack of a major corporate sponsor has made some companies concerned about fully adopting R.

Why Oracle R Distribution?

  • Improve scalability and performance at R client and database with Oracle R Enterprise embedded R execution
  • Dynamically load linear algebra performance libraries for Intel's Math Kernel Library (MKL), AMD's ACML, and Sun Performance Library for Solaris, which enables optimized, multi-threaded math routines to provide relevant R functions maximum performance on targeted hardware
  • Oracle-provided enterprise support for customers of the Oracle Advanced Analytics option, Oracle Linux, and the Oracle Big Data Appliance
  • Free download
  • Oracle makes bug fixes and enhancements available to the R community for inclusion in open source R



Oracle has a very active research organization (Oracle Labs) that is charged to 'Identify, explore, and transfer new technologies that have the potential to substantially improve Oracle's business'. One part of the organization is the External Research Office (ERO). The ERO is charged to ' ... invest in research collaborations that fit Oracle's long-term strategic goals. These collaborations are between university researchers and engineers/researchers throughout Oracle's various organizations'. The ERO webpage lists numerous current and past collaborations. Oracle provides funds and direct interactions with highly experienced developers.

If you are interested in the ERO program please contact Steve Jeffreys at

If you would like to explore opportunities for a research collaboration with the database team please contact Dieter Gawlick at

or Garret Swart at
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