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Re: [Q] how fast is each machine with Mathematica ?

  • Subject: [mg2673] Re: [Q] how fast is each machine with Mathematica ?
  • From: wagner at bullwinkle.cs.Colorado.EDU (Dave Wagner)
  • Date: Mon, 4 Dec 1995 01:41:33 -0500
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  • Organization: University of Colorado, Boulder

In article <49rklg$k50 at>,
Richard EASTHER <easther at> wrote:

>In article <DIECwB.n3o at> smachov at (Scott J. Machovec) writes:

>>Kentaro Kondo (kkondo at wrote:
>>: Is there information about Mathematica benchmark test ?
>>: ( for example, Timing[N[Sin[1/2],2500]][[1]]  )

>>Pentium 90, 16 megs, Neptune chipset:  8.03 including loading kernel,
>>6.97 with the kernel loaded.  Version 2.2 Enhanced in Win95.
>Mac 7200/90 32 megs, (MacOS 7.5.2) Mathematica v 2.2 
>    - 4.68 seconds including loading kernal
>    - 4.2  seconds with kernal loaded

Well, just for grins I fired up SoftWindows 2.0 on my Macintosh Quadra
610 with PowerPC upgrade card (50 MHz PPC 601, 25MHz bus):

    - 99.5 seconds including loading kernel
    - 87.8  seconds with kernel loaded

Well, I won't be throwing away my native PPC version of Mma just yet... :-)

BUT - Judging from the most recent benchmarks that I saw, the PowerMac
9500/132 is about 6 times faster than mine.  Which means that one could
do this calculation on an emulated PC on a PowerMac in about twice the
time as for the 90 MHz Pentium.  Which I think is an amazing testimonial
for SoftWindows (and the PPC chip).

		Dave Wagner
		Principia Consulting
		(303) 786-8371
		dbwagner at

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