Parallelization setup for parallelMap.

Defines the underlying parallelization mode for parallelMap. Also allows to set a “level” of parallelization. Only calls to parallelMap with a matching level are parallelized. The defaults of all settings are taken from your options, which you can also define in your R profile. For an introductory tutorial and information on the options configuration, please go to the project's github page at

parallelStart(mode, cpus, socket.hosts, bj.resources = list(),
  bt.resources = list(), logging, storagedir, level,
  load.balancing = FALSE,, suppress.local.errors = FALSE,

parallelStartLocal(, suppress.local.errors = FALSE, ...)

parallelStartMulticore(cpus, logging, storagedir, level, load.balancing = FALSE,, ...)

parallelStartSocket(cpus, socket.hosts, logging, storagedir, level, load.balancing = FALSE,, ...)

parallelStartMPI(cpus, logging, storagedir, level, load.balancing = FALSE,, ...)

parallelStartBatchJobs(bj.resources = list(), logging, storagedir, level,, ...)

parallelStartBatchtools(bt.resources = list(), logging, storagedir, level,, ...)


[character(1)] Which parallel mode should be used: “local”, “multicore”, “socket”, “mpi”, “BatchJobs”. Default is the option parallelMap.default.mode or, if not set, “local” without parallel execution.


[integer(1)] Number of used cpus. For local and BatchJobs mode this argument is ignored. For socket mode, this is the number of processes spawned on localhost, if you want processes on multiple machines use socket.hosts. Default is the option parallelMap.default.cpus or, if not set, detectCores for multicore mode, max(1, mpi.universe.size - 1) for mpi mode and 1 for socket mode.


[character] Only used in socket mode, otherwise ignored. Names of hosts where parallel processes are spawned. Default is the option parallelMap.default.socket.hosts, if this option exists.


[list] Resources like walltime for submitting jobs on HPC clusters via BatchJobs. See submitJobs. Defaults are taken from your BatchJobs config file.


[list] Analog to bj.resources. See submitJobs.


[logical(1)] Should slave output be logged to files via sink under the storagedir? Files are named "<iteration_number>.log" and put into unique subdirectories named “parallelMap_log_<nr>” for each subsequent parallelMap operation. Previous logging directories are removed on parallelStart if logging is enabled. Logging is not supported for local mode, because you will see all output on the master and can also run stuff like traceback in case of errors. Default is the option parallelMap.default.logging or, if not set, FALSE.


[character(1)] Existing directory where log files and intermediate objects for BatchJobs mode are stored. Note that all nodes must have write access to exactly this path. Default is the current working directory.


[character(1)] You can set this so only calls to parallelMap that have exactly the same level are parallelized. Default is the option parallelMap.default.level or, if not set, NA which means all calls to parallelMap are are potentially parallelized.


[logical(1)] Enables load balancing for multicore, socket and mpi. Set this to TRUE if you have heterogeneous runtimes. Default is FALSE

[logical(1)] Verbose output on console for all further package calls? Default is the option or, if not set, TRUE.


[logical(1)] Should reporting of error messages during function evaluations in local mode be suppressed? Default ist FALSE, i.e. every error message is shown.


[any] Optional parameters, for socket mode passed to makePSOCKcluster, for mpi mode passed to makeCluster and for multicore passed to mcmapply (mc.preschedule (overwriting load.balancing), mc.set.seed, mc.silent and mc.cleanup are supported for multicore).


Currently the following modes are supported, which internally dispatch the mapping operation to functions from different parallelization packages:


No parallelization with mapply.


Multicore execution on a single machine with mclapply.


Snow MPI cluster on one or multiple machines with makeCluster and clusterMap.


Parallelization on batch queuing HPC clusters, e.g., Torque, SLURM, etc., with batchMap.

For BatchJobs mode you need to define a storage directory through the argument storagedir or the option parallelMap.default.storagedir.



  • parallelStart
  • parallelStartLocal
  • parallelStartMulticore
  • parallelStartSocket
  • parallelStartMPI
  • parallelStartBatchJobs
  • parallelStartBatchtools
Documentation reproduced from package parallelMap, version 1.4, License: BSD_2_clause + file LICENSE

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