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Re: Hardware considerations and Octave

From: Joan Picanyol i Puig
Subject: Re: Hardware considerations and Octave
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 20:51:29 +0200
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* Steve C. Thompson <address@hidden> [20050429 20:33]:
> I'm thinking about getting a new workstation, and am finding many
> options.  I run Octave Debian GNU/Linux (testing).  Will my work run
> better on a dual core processor?  A dual processor system?  I image that
> the kernel just needs to be modified to support this type of hardware;
> and Octave, and the entire system, will just run faster.

I'm afraid this is not so. I can't get my dual Athlon-MP system to
effectively use both processors for Octave (I'm on FreeBSD, YMMV). 

> How about 64-bit architectures?  Say the OS takes advantage of this
> (running an experiment version of Debian, for example), will Octave
> also take advantage, or does Octave need to be reworked for 64-bit
> systems?

I don't have any 64-bit hardware, but it's probably a wise option. My
most limiting factor is RAM, the hit I take when swaping is unafordable.


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