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Re: Re: Slow Version 4 Front End

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  • Subject: [mg18894] Re: [mg18761] Re: Slow Version 4 Front End
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Jul 1999 03:30:23 -0400
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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Is this unacceptable behavior confined to OS 8.x?  To some specific Mac

In our situation, we have a student lab with a mix of 6100's and
7600's.  Mathematica -- front end and kernel -- runs on the individual
machines networked to a server.  But these machines are networked via
AppleTalk to a Unix server where our own notebooks reside.  Due to
security software, it is impossible for users to temporarily disable the
AppleTalk network.

Right now we still have Mathematica 3.0.1 installed in that lab.  If the
cited problem affects our configuration, then version 4.0 will be
USELESS to us!!!  (And what's worse, faculty users will have upgraded to
4.0 on their own machines and quite possibly prepare notebooks
containing, e.g., nested cells, that cannot be understood by the 3.0.1
front end, or give instructions such as using the real-time 3D graphics
manipulation that does not exist in 3.0.1.  In short, a total disaster.)

"Ned W. Hummel" wrote:
> > > Why is the version 4 Front End so abysmally slow in communicating with
> > > the kernel?
> This sounds like a problem that I've been having. This is what I heard
> from Wolfram:
> We are currently working on a fix to this problem.  The problem resides in
> the AppleTalk network.  Their is no exact date when we will have a patch
> available.  We will email you as soon as there is a fix.  We apologize for
> any inconveniences this problem has caused.
> In the meantime, a simple workaround is to disable the AppleTalk network
> before you start Mathematica and start a kernel evaluation.  Then enable
> the AppleTalk network.  This can all be done through the Control Strip
> that comes with 8.5 or through the Chooser.
> Ned

Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
Mathematics & Statistics Dept.       phone 413 549-1020 (H)
Univ. of Massachusetts                     413 545-2859 (W)
Amherst, MA 01003-4515

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