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Re: Performance comparison Mac OSX vs. Windows XP

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg69971] Re: Performance comparison Mac OSX vs. Windows XP
  • From: Urijah Kaplan <uak at sas.upenn.edu>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 06:16:40 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: University of Pennsylvania
  • References: <efdkcl$st$1@smc.vnet.net>

Why don't you try the built in benchmarking program 
(Utilities`Benchmark`)? Compare your performance to some others in the 
built in database. You might also want to check the different benchmarks here
<http://smc.vnet.net/timings50.html>

Perhaps you can install Parallels <http://www.parallels.com/> and the 
Windows version of Mathematica? Or set up a dual boot system?

             --Urijah


Blackadder wrote:
> Dear NG,
> 
> recently I switched from a Dell notebook to a MacBook Pro. We licensed
> Mathematica 5.2.2.0, which is a Universal Binary on Mac OSX. Yesterday,
> a colleague sent me a notebook with some intensive computations and
> asked me to test the speed on my MacBook.
> 
> The results were quite surprising and earned me quite a few smirks from
> my fellow coworkers. Here's what I got:
> 
>   Dell Latitude 505 (1.6 Ghz, 512 MB RAM): 263.44 secs
> 
>   MacBook Pro 17" (2.1 Ghz, 2 GB RAM): 402,18 secs
> 
> 
> This means that my MacBook is about 35 % slower than a technically
> inferior Windows notebook. Does anybody have experiences with the
> performance of Mathematica on different OSes? Has anybody notices
> similar behavior between the Windows and Mac OS versions? Any hints or
> comments are very welcome.
> 
> Kind regards, Malte
> 
> 
> p.s.: If you are interested in running the Mathematica notebook on your
> Mac, I'm happy to send you a copy by e-mail.
> 


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