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best hardware platform for Mathematica 7 under Linux?

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  • Subject: [mg95976] best hardware platform for Mathematica 7 under Linux?
  • From: SaintPatrick <patrickmyu at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2009 01:14:16 -0500 (EST)

I'm planning on building a PC mainly to run Mathematica 7.  I
understand that version 7 is optimized to take advantage of multiple
core CPUs.  Now, Intel has a bunch of products out there and I'm
really not sure which is faster -- I heard that some "Core 2 Duo" or
"Core 2 Extreme" processors are faster than quad-cores (like the
Q6600) or mere "Dual Core" Pentiums.

Then, there are the "Xeon" processors for servers.  More
gobbledygook.

I was thinking of getting a dual CPU server motherboard and putting
two Xeon quad cores on it, and running Linux and using the Linux
version of Mathematica.  Would that be the best bang for my buck, or
are there faster solutions?

Please feel free to e-mail me at stpatryck at gmail.com


Thanks,
Patrick


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