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  • Subject: Platform speeds
  • From: fink at (Howard Fink)
  • Date: Sun, 31 May 92 14:34:39 -0400

At the mathematica conference I got a chance to try out a variety of
platforms, all running Mathematica 2.1.

The test:  Timing[10000!][[1]]

HP Apollo 700		11.96 sec
Silicon Graphics	16    sec
DecStation 5000/240	18.8  sec
Dell 450 DE/2		27.03 sec
Next Turbo		32.65 sec
Personal DecStation	30.55 sec
Sparcstation IPX	35    sec
Next 040		44    sec
Sparcstation IPC	58.5  sec
Mac IIci		123.6 sec

Back in the office, 

Quadra			65   sec
Gateway 2000 (486)	49   sec
Dec 5820		29   sec

The Timings can vary by several seconds on shared machines.

It was fun; I'm still looking for a one second machine.

Howard Fink

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