run time variability
I have a question about run time variablity in Mathematica.
I am running the same program with different inputs, counting the
computational time for each input.
I get highly variable run times with different inputs and am
wondering if there is something in the computing envirionment that is
the cause and not just the complexity of the input.
I am counting paths through networks of various sizes, consisting of
between 35-70 nodes and 130-300 edges (70, 300 the largest; 35, 130
the smallest). run times vary from 10 minutes to 28 hours, with 27
and 36 minutes for the two data points in the middle. there does not
seem to be any pattern
timing and results are below:
edges nodes time(sec) #paths sec/path
158 49 627 493,180 0.0013
131 36 1662 2,578,174 0.0006
167 48 2212 3,601,321 0.0006
304 73 101106 2,685,255 0.0377
the code is inefficient and my problem computationally intensive, but
my key concern here is the wide variablity in performance. Could it
be the specific topologies of the cases that causes the variablity?
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