We started benchmarking R with a series of low and high level functions. The objective of this experiment is to show some speed comparisons between R and other languages and software, including C++ and GIS software. Clearly this is NOT a comparison between R and, say, C++, because many of the functions in R are written in C++ and are wrapped in R. But, if simple R functions are fast, then we can focus our time on more complex things needed for simulation and science.
So, is R fast enough?
Answer: R is more than fast enough!