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Re: Re: Student v. Full version of Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg3299] Re: [mg3253] Re: Student v. Full version of Mathematica
  • From: Richard Mercer <richard at seuss.math.wright.edu>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Feb 1996 03:21:21 -0500
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

>  

>  To our surprise, in general the student version of
>  Mathematica executed at about 80% of the speed of the
>  full version.  We found no case where the student version
>  was worse than 50% of the speed of the full version, and
>  a couple of cases were they were close to identical.
>  

>  Sadly, a research group doesn't qualify for the student
>  discount.  Also, I believe the student version doesn't
>  qualify for the MathPlus upgrade program.  But I recommend
>  it to my students, some of whom make very computationally
>  demanding usage of it.

The student version has always been complete, and in the past varied  
from the professional version only in that it did not use a numeric  
coprocessor. In many situations this has little or no effect. I do not  
know how it varies in the case of newer processors such as the Motorola  
PowerPC chips or the Pentium chips, but it may be functionally  
identical.

The student represents a very good deal for students, but I hope that  
everyone realizes that WRI could not afford to extend this offer to  
non-students.

Richard Mercer

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