RvLab was developed at the Institute of Marine Biology, Genetics and Aquaculture (IMBBC), Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), in collaboration with the Information Systems Laboratory of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH-ICS), in the framework of LifeWatch Greece project.
The R vLab makes use of “R” which is a statistical processing environment widely used by scientists working in many biodiversity related disciplines. It supports an integrated and optimized (in respect to computational speed-up and data manipulation) online R environment. This vLab tackles common problems faced by R users, such as severe computational power deficit. Many of the routines operating under the R environment, such as the calculation of several biodiversity indices and the running of the multivariate analyses, are often of high computational demand and cannot deliver a result when the respective datasets are in the form of large matrices. This vLab allows for a predefined, commonly used set of R functions to run on the LifeWatch Infrastructure in order to support large-scale computational and modeling activities.