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Re: Hardware question
On 9/8/05, Manuel Schmidt <Manuel.Schmidt at physik.uni-wuerzburg.de> wrote: > Hello, > > does somebody know, what hardware is best for a huge mathematica > calculation, that needs lots of memory? > I think of minimum 8GB memory and the fastest possible processors > (probably opterons???). > > However, it should be a personal computer. > > Is it better to run it under Linux or Windows? In my experience, Linux is faster, esp. if you use a 64-bit optimized kernel (most distros provide this, AFAIK, but my 64-bit experience has been only on non-x86 machines). I currently run Mathematica on Linux (Ubuntu 5.04 : essentially Debian Linux) on a 3.0GHz Pentium 4; I used to run Mathematica on Windows XP, and the Linux version is about 10% faster. But 2 PC's are never 100% identical, so results may vary. And check your code' efficiency - "think in Mathematica".