[Maxima] optimal hardware for maxima
villate at fe.up.pt
Fri Jan 9 11:08:53 CST 2009
On Qui, 2009-01-08 at 16:18 +0000, saratchand c chandrasekharan wrote:
> 3. I wish to know whether augmenting my hardware will result in better
> results as far as my problems are concerned. My current hardware
> a. AMD Athlon 64 5600+ Dual Core Processor 2.8 Ghz
> b. 4 GB(=2X2) DDR2 800 RAM Corsair TWIN2X4096-6400C5DHX
> c. Asus M2A-VM Motherboard
> d. 300 GB Seagate HardDisk.
> 4. I am using Ubuntu 8.10 32 bit.
> 5. The Maxima 5.17.0 and WxMaxima 0.8.1 packages I am using are
I also run Maxima in Ubuntu in several different computers, from ancient
Pentiums, to Quad Core 64 with different amounts of cache. I can tell
you that there is not much difference in performance between the dual
core and quad core processors.
What makes a big difference is the lisp flavor that you use. The version
you got from zeus.nyf.hu was compiled with clisp that is much slower
than sbcl in Ubuntu. It also seems to me that it was compile for a 32
bit architecture and not for 64 bit.
I'd recommend that you install Maxima directly from the source code (it
is easy to compile it; if you get stuck, I can send you a shell script I
use in Ubuntu to install the necessary packages and compile, but I do
not have it with me here).
You should install several different versions of Lisp: sbcl, clisp, gcl,
compile for all those flavors of lisp, and try it out with "maxima -l
sbcl", "maxima -l clisp",..., to decide what works better for you.
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