Sun, 02 Jul 2023

RcppAnnoy 0.0.21 on CRAN: Upstream Update

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Another minor maintenance release, now at version 0.0.20, of RcppAnnoy has arrived on CRAN.

RcppAnnoy is the Rcpp-based R integration of the nifty Annoy library by Erik Bernhardsson. Annoy is a small and lightweight C++ template header library for very fast approximate nearest neighbours—originally developed to drive the Spotify music discovery algorithm.

This release mainly updates the included copy of Annoy to version 1.7.3 which now provides a C++ namespace in the header API. So I sent a pair of PRs to uwot to update its (compiled) use, which James promptly merged. With that the CRAN update was once again seamless. Otherwise the package follows current custom by moving away from C++11 as a set compilation standard to be open for more modern C++ idioms. Here, this allows in particular for possible multithreaded indexing for which everything needed is in C++17. However, we did not turn multithreaded indexing on as the RNG use is such that the streams would differ leading to slightly different (if of course equivalent) results. Users can enable this by recompiling with the switch flipped, see src/Makevars.

Changes in version 0.0.21 (2023-07-02)

  • The build setup switched from C++11 to C++17 which offers threading support (which remains off by default to ensure consistent results)

  • Upstream code was update to Annoy 1.17.3, the switch to an explicit C++ namespace has been accomodated (Dirk in #75)

Courtesy of my CRANberries, there is also a diffstat report for this release.

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