[R] specifications windows pc

seanpor seanpor at acm.org
Fri Nov 28 12:59:21 CET 2008

Good morning Ruud,

What sort of tasks are you going to be doing in R?  Some tasks will be
faster on a single core extreme type processor, and other tasks can benefit
from a multi-core processor (which run at slower clock speeds than extreme
single-core).  If you're working with large matrices, then an optimized BLAS
can help.

Do the problems you'll be working on require more than 1500mb of RAM?  If so
then you should consider looking at a 64-bit linux on a 64-bit CPU.

The more performance you're looking for - the more work you have to do to
get it!

As an aside - I don't know whether AMD or Intel processors are faster -
clock-speed for clock-speed or / bang-for-buck... doing R-ish tasks (int /
float etc)

Kind Regards,

R.H. Koning wrote:
> Hello, I am about to order a new workstation at my university that will be
> used for R (and other research related tasks). I would appreciate any
> feedback on the specifications of a very fast machine. The machine should
> run windows (XP probably better than vista). Which chip, memory size and
> specification, etc should I be looking for? Thanks, Ruud
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