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Re: st: optimal configuration for windows 32/64

From   "Sergiy Radyakin" <>
Subject   Re: st: optimal configuration for windows 32/64
Date   Fri, 8 Feb 2008 14:27:51 -0500

On 2/8/08, Wallace, John <> wrote:
> I upgraded to Stata MP last year, and went with a 64-bit Windows XP
> system.  Stata runs great on it, but I do have some compatibility issues
> with other programs (Adobe Acrobat, for one - not the reader).  There
> are also weird things that happen even within Microsoft software, such
> as charts not displaying within Word once I paste them into a document
> (sometimes refreshing the screen or scrolling up and down causes the
> display to work).

The issue with the Word not displaying the graphics is most probably
not related to 32/64-bit migration. It is the same on many 32-bit XP
machines I know and the symptoms match.

> I kept my 32-bit system and that's what I do my authoring on now, with
> the multiprocessor workhorse pretty much being Stata-only.  Someday I'll

This sounds like a first step towards implementation of Stata in hardware? : )


> invest in a KVM switch so my computers won't take up so much room in my
> office.
> -JW
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Alan Riley
> Sent: Friday, February 08, 2008 8:25 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: st: optimal configuration for windows 32/64
> Julio Estevez ( asks about an optimal computer
> configuration for his Stata needs.  He wants to use Windows
> and plans on working with about 2 GB of data:
> > I need to work with census data uploading into memory about 2
> gigabites of data. My questions are the following
> >
> > 1. should I go for windows 64 instead of windows 32?
> > 2. If I go for a Microsoft 64 OS, would I notice a performance
> improvement if i switch from a stata 32bit to stata 64bit?
> > 2. Any advice about the best processor around? I have around US$ 4000
> to spend in a computer that can allow me to work at reasonable speeds
> with a census database.
> If Julio needs to load 2 GB of data into Stata for Windows, then he
> definitely should get a computer with a 64-bit version of Windows
> along with 64-bit Stata for Windows.
> Given his budget, I would advise Julio to look for a quad-core or
> even 8-core machine with 4 to 8 GB of memory.  On such a machine he
> can get even more speed out of Stata by using Stata/MP which performs
> computations in parallel on multiple cores.  Julio can check to see
> what kind of speed increase he can expect from Stata/MP for the Stata
> commands he uses frequently here:
> Someone else in this thread mentioned Dell, so I took a quick look at
> their web site.  I was able to configure a quad-core machine with one
> of the fastest processors available (Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 running
> at 3 GHz) and 4 GB of RAM for under $3000.  I was able to configure
> an 8-core (dual quad-core processors) machine with 8 GB of RAM for
> just under $4000.  Stata would perform very well on either of these
> machines.
> As was mentioned by David Jacobs ( earlier
> in this thread, Julio should make sure that other software he needs
> to run will work under 64-bit Windows before switching to a solely
> 64-bit environment.
> --Alan Riley
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