Is Mathematica on a PC Too Slow?
- To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
- Subject: [mg6998] Is Mathematica on a PC Too Slow?
- From: Dave Smith <buyguy at erols.com>
- Date: Thu, 1 May 1997 14:48:44 -0400 (EDT)
- Organization: The R&D Department, Inc.
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
Dear Newsgroup, I have Mathematica 3.0 installed on a Mac IIvx with a math coprocessor and System 7.5 with 20 MB RAM, but I'm interested in timing for other personal computing systems as well. I have tried to benchmark the time required for some common tasks to decide if this software in a personal computer environment can support a system dynamics and controls R&D consultancy. Here's what I found so far: NDSolve on a linear, 2nd order, time invariant equation takes 40 seconds to compute 30 seconds of simulated time. Real system simulations are often nonlinear and of higher order. I have visions of this taking hours on my Mac, if it can be done at all. Neither Eliminate nor Solve can handle the mild, low-order nonlinear equations common in modeling gas turbines...no errors, no messages, they simply don't work. I'm also interested in robot manipulator dynamics, but these are more difficult yet so I'm not at all optimisitic. What have you found in dealing with real system simulations and controls for gas turbines and robotics? Please let me know your system configurations and your experiences. Also, please reply to e-mail, not the newsgroup. Thanks, Dave Smith A New Mathematica Convert in northern Virginia