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Re: Hardware question

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  • Subject: [mg60324] Re: Hardware question
  • From: Renan <renan.birck at>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 06:06:59 -0400 (EDT)
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On 9/8/05, Manuel Schmidt <Manuel.Schmidt at> 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".

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