[Rd] P-4

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu, 26 Apr 2001 06:57:35 +0100 (BST)

On Wed, 25 Apr 2001, Andrew Schuh wrote:

> I just got a new machine with a Intel 1.3 P4 chip in it.  I am aware that
> many (most) software companies have not optimized their code specifically
> for the chip.  Furthermore, I have found that this machine is even slower,
> on many apps, than a 8xx P3 we have here.  I enjoy using R and was
> wondering if there are any plans to create a version that accommodates this
> chip.

Under what OS?

AFAIK the only thing one can do is to find a compiler that optimizes for
the P4, but I don't know of one, nor if it actually helps.  As far as I am
aware under both Linux and Windows the binary versions of R are not
even optimized for an i686 (Pentium Pro/II/III), but I find that under
Windows (and VC++) using the optimizations for i686 makes only negligible

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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