[R] Which is the best hardware?
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Dec 6 09:25:41 CET 2005
On Mon, 5 Dec 2005, Kenneth Cabrera wrote:
> Hi R users:
> In your opinion and experience, which hardware configuration
> is the best to run R over LINUX ?
> With "best" I mean best performance,
> and also cheapest. (about U$ 2.000 the whole basic system:
> mother board+CPUs+RAM+HD)
I presume you don't need a display or keyboard ....
Well, prices depend on where you are and the quality of components, e.g.
But as I am just buying a new system I have some idea. I would suggest an
Athlon 64 X2 would be a good choice: that's a 64-bit system with de facto
two processors which can be bought here with 2Gb RAM at well under your
> By the way, which LINUX distribution is the best to
> run R with high computing technics (simulation, bayesian, etc) and huge data
> and in combination with what kind of (cheap) hardware?
They are all based on the same components: a distribution is just the
packaging and installation tools. For performance it seems that systems
based on gcc3 rather than gcc4 still have a small edge, but I would say
local expertise is far more important. (At one point in the committee for
a large procurement I pointed out that a 10% difference between two
systems was 2.5 months' of Moore's Law, and that covered the spread of
benchmark results for all the contenders. So if you want better
performance, just wait a few months.)
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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