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Re: Solid State Disk to boost Mathematica performance

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  • From: Szabolcs Horvát <szhorvat at>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2013 00:09:22 -0500 (EST)
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The short answer is no, it won't boost Mathematica's performance for 
most computation.

The longer answer is that the Mathematica kernel doesn't need to access 
the disk a lot (unless you explicitly ask it to write/read things 
to/from disk), and its speed it mainly limited by your CPU.  Where the 
SSD will make a noticeable difference in Mathematica is browsing the 
documentation centre.  Help pages will load faster in my experience. It 
will also significantly speed up the startup of many programs and will 
reduce the boot time of your OS, so it may be a worthwhile upgrade

On 2013-01-20 06:25:24 +0000, E. Martín-Serrano said:

> Hi all,
> I am thinking of installing a 256 GB Solid State Disk (SSD) on my machine to
> increase its performance.
> The current configuration of my machine is:  4 cores (8 threads),  3,4 GHz;
> with 12 GB DD3-RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 400 (3 GB  integrated RAM)  and 4 TB
> Internal HD. It is not a small machine, I think.
> The Solid State Disk (SSD) would hold the operating system (Windows 8) and
> Mathematica (currently v8); plus some half a dozen of other "mission
> critical" programs.
> Anyway, the true actual candidates to reside in the SSD are Windows 8 and
> Mathematica, but I wonder whether it is going to really boost the
> performance of Mathematica considering that the machine already has 12 GB of
> RAM.
> But I do not know how Mathematica deals with the kernel and the fronted
> (their interaction), in other words, whether the kernel uses de internal HD
> to interact with the kernel and vice versa.
> I use intensively and extensively dynamics constructs, and in many occasions
> the dynamic refreshing uses Solve, NSolve and, in occasions NDSolve and
> DSolve, within the second parameter to Dynamic. In any case, with or without
> solving (always small) systems of equations, moving graphical objects tied
> to dynamic locators remains an unsolvable issue to me.
> In summary, my question is whether the SSD holding windows and Mathematica
> would bust in any form Mathematica's performance.
> Kind regards
> E. Martin-Serrano
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