Re: Which computer to buy (NeXT, Mac, PC)...
- To: mathgroup at yoda.physics.unc.edu
- Subject: Re: Which computer to buy (NeXT, Mac, PC)...
- From: Boss Man <BOSS at noaapmel.gov>
- Date: Wed, 7 Oct 1992 17:33 PDT
Mike Tie writes
>My department is in the process of setting up a Mathematica
>Lab/Classroom, and we are trying to determine which platform (PC,
>Mac, or NeXT) to go with. I'm very interested in finding out
>what other Colleges and Universities are using...
>Which version of Mathematica is the most "User Friendly" and has
>the fewest bugs?
>What about performance? How does Mathematica on a 486/33 MHhz PC
>compare with Mathematica Mac Quadra 950 or NeXTstation Turbo?
>Assuming that we have enough money for any of the systems, which
>would you buy, and what would you buy (system type, memory, hard
>drive space, ...)?
>How portable are Mathematica Notebooks? I've heard that the .mb
>files are written differently on the different platforms...
>Any help that you can provide would REALLY be appreciated.
>Mike Tie mtie at carleton.edu
Just wanted to pass along an earlier mail message regarding platform performance:
>Date: Sun, 31 May 92 14:34:39 -0400
>From: fink at acf5.nyu.edu (Howard Fink)
>Subject: Platform speeds
>To: mathgroup at yoda.physics.unc.edu
>Message-id: <9206020209.AA16034 at yoda.physics.unc.edu>
>At the mathematica conference I got a chance to try out a variety of
>platforms, all running Mathematica 2.1.
>The test: Timing[10000!][]
>HP Apollo 700 11.96 sec
>Silicon Graphics 16 sec
>DecStation 5000/240 18.8 sec
>Dell 450 DE/2 27.03 sec
>Next Turbo 32.65 sec
>Personal DecStation 30.55 sec
>Sparcstation IPX 35 sec
>Next 040 44 sec
>Sparcstation IPC 58.5 sec
>Mac IIci 123.6 sec
>Back in the office,
>Quadra 65 sec
>Gateway 2000 (486) 49 sec
>Dec 5820 29 sec
>The Timings can vary by several seconds on shared machines.
>It was fun; I'm still looking for a one second machine.
Hope this is helpful.
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