The Rockerverse: Packages and Applications for Containerisation with R

Daniel Nüst, Dirk Eddelbuettel, Dom Bennett, Robrecht Cannoodt, Dav Clark, Gergely Daróczi, Mark Edmondson, Colin Fay, Ellis Hughes, Lars Kjeldgaard, Sean Lopp, Ben Marwick (+13 others)
2020 The R Journal  
The Rocker Project provides widely used Docker images for R across different application scenarios. This article surveys downstream projects that build upon the Rocker Project images and presents the current state of R packages for managing Docker images and controlling containers. These use cases cover diverse topics such as package development, reproducible research, collaborative work, cloud-based data processing, and production deployment of services. The variety of applications
more » ... the power of the Rocker Project specifically and containerisation in general. Across the diverse ways to use containers, we identified common themes: reproducible environments, scalability and efficiency, and portability across clouds. We conclude that the current growth and diversification of use cases is likely to continue its positive impact, but see the need for consolidating the Rockerverse ecosystem of packages, developing common practices for applications, and exploring alternative containerisation software. 1 https://www.r-project.org/conferences/ 2 https://www.r-consortium.org/blog/2019/09/09/r-community-explorer-r-user-groups, https://www.rconsortium.org/blog/2019/08/12/r-community-explorer 3 https://www.r-consortium.org/news/announcements, https://www.r-consortium.org/blog/2019/11/14/datadriven-tracking-and-discovery-of-r-consortium-activities 4 "Reproducible" in the sense of the Claerbout/Donoho/Peng terminology (Barba, 2018). 5 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LXC
doi:10.32614/rj-2020-007 fatcat:kkwisxzkmfcpzdeujhnvw6nmji