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Re: What is the fastest machine for Mathematica?

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  • Subject: [mg13605] Re: What is the fastest machine for Mathematica?
  • From: victor_v at my-dejanews.com
  • Date: Fri, 7 Aug 1998 03:08:09 -0400
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  • References: <6q3qkj$f19@smc.vnet.net>
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In article <6q3qkj$f19 at smc.vnet.net>,
  Christian Keysers <ck6 at st-andrews.ac.uk> wrote:
> We are currently running mathematica on a Silicon Graphics Ingigo 2
> machine with a 200Mhz processor and 256Mb Ram. The calculations involve
> fitting of gaussians to data set, and take two long at present (2h30min
> for each data set requiring 16 * 8 fits). Does anybody know what
> machines may bring the best speed for that kind of computations? The
> benchmark sites available in the net only contain data for relatively
> slow machines (Dec Alphas, Mac, Pentiums). We were thinking of getting
> an Origin 2000, but even these machines only get really fast with
> multiple processors (not supported by mathematica). So if anybody has a
> really fast machine, let me know!

I wouldn't recommend to use Mathematica for a computationally intensive
task. It would be better to replace fitting procedure with an external
function, written in FORTRAN or C via MathLink.

And no computer is fast  enough if task is not well optimized.

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