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Re: UNIX version vs Mac/Win/Linux version

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  • Subject: [mg33577] Re: UNIX version vs Mac/Win/Linux version
  • From: dejavue82 at (Jim Light)
  • Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2002 02:02:11 -0500 (EST)
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Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at> wrote in message news:<a76fqv$gg5$1 at>...
> Hi,
> > I've heard people say that mathematica is much slower (in general) on
> > a Unix machine (let's say an SGI Octane--I have one. :) than on a
> > windows/linux or macintosh computer. Why is this so?
> Because your Octane (I have one) should be much slower than 
> a actual PC -- say an Athlon XP 2000 + (I have one)
> Mathemtica does not upgrade you hardware.
> > This doesn't make
> > sense, since the unix version is much more expensive!
> You usual buy a two-process license, i. e., two Mathematica's
> in the PC sense
> > Does it have to
> > do with the fact that Wolfram doesn't optimize for risc systems?
> It is optimized for RISC systems ! but you can't expect that a 900 MHz
> machine (say Sun Blade) is faster than a 2.2 GHz Intel processor.
> Regards
>   Jens

Hey Jens, nicht so stuermisch! ;) Du hast aber recht. (Now in
englisch) Aside from the obvious lack of raw speed, how does
Mathematica perform on an octane (I have one. LOL) in terms of
stability, memory leaks, etc.

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