Re: [R] Dual Core vs Quad Core

From: Saeed Abu Nimeh <sabunime_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 01:18:14 -0600

I ran a bayesian simulation sometime ago and it took me 1 week to finish on a debian box (Dell PE 2850 Dual Intel Xeon_at_3.6GHz 6GB). I think it depends on the setting of the experiment and whether the code can be parallelized.

Simon Blomberg wrote:

> I've been running R on a quad-core using Debian Gnu/Linux since March
> this year, and I am very pleased with the performance.
> 
> Simon.
> 
> 
> On Mon, 2007-12-17 at 20:13 -0500, Andrew Perrin wrote:

>> On Mon, 17 Dec 2007, Kitty Lee wrote:
>>
>>> Dear R-users,
>>>
>>> I use R to run spatial stuff and it takes up a lot of ram. Runs can take hours or days. I am thinking of getting a new desktop. Can R take advantage of the dual-core system?
>>>
>>> I have a dual-core computer at work. But it seems that right now R is using only one processor.
>>>
>>> The new computers feature quad core with 3GB of RAM. Can R take advantage of the 4 chips? Or am I better off getting a dual core with faster processing speed per chip?
>>>
>>> Thanks! Any advice would be really appreciated!
>>>
>>> K.

>> If I have my information right, R will use dual- or quad-cores if it's
>> doing two (or four) things at once. The second core will help a little bit
>> insofar as whatever else your machine is doing won't interfere with the
>> one core on which it's running, but generally things that take a single
>> thread will remain on a single core.
>>
>> As for RAM, if you're doing memory-bound work you should certainly be
>> using a 64-bit machine and OS so you can utilize the larger memory space.
>>
>>
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