This vignette demonstrates how to run rmaverick in parallel, making use of multiple cores if they are available.


First, we must install and load the "parallel" package:


We will need some data to work with, so lets simulate some data and load it into a new project. We will also create a simple parameter set to work with:

mysim <- sim_data(n = 50, loci = 10, K = 3, admix_on = FALSE)

myproj <- mavproject()
myproj <- bind_data(myproj, mysim$data, ID_col = 1, pop_col = 2, ploidy_col = 3)
myproj <- new_set(myproj, admix_on = FALSE)

Before running anything in parallel we need to know how many cores our machine has. You may know this number already, but if you don't then the parallel package has a handy function for detecting the number of cores for you:

cores <- detectCores()

Next we make a cluster object, which creates multiple copies of R running in parallel over different cores. Here we are using all available cores, but if you want to hold some back for other intensive tasks then simply use a smaller number of cores when specifying this cluster.

cl <- makeCluster(cores)

We then run the usual run_mcmc() function, this time passing in the cluster as an argument. This causes rmaverick to use a clusterApplyLB() call rather than an ordinary lapply() call over different values of K. Each value of K is added to a queue over the specified number of cores - when the first job completes, the next job is placed on the node that has become free and this continues until all jobs are complete.

Note that output is supressed when running in parallel to avoid sending print commands to multiple cores, so you will not see the usual progress bars.

myproj <- run_mcmc(myproj, K = 1:5, burnin = 1e3, samples = 1e3, rungs = 10, cluster = cl)

Finally, it is good practice to shut down the workers once we are finished:


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