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Re: st: re: building a 'dream' stata desktop setup

From   "Fred Wolfe" <>
Subject   Re: st: re: building a 'dream' stata desktop setup
Date   Tue, 8 Jul 2008 07:58:33 -0500

I agree with most of what Kit said except the following:

On Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 5:57 AM, Kit Baum <> wrote:
> <snip>
> On Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) with 32-bit Stata, you can access datasets of 2260 Mb with no problem.

The maximum memory I can access with a Mac Pro 8 GB, OS 10.5 (Leopard)
is 1625 MB (set mem 1625m) which actually allocates 1711 according to

. memory
Details of set memory usage
    overhead (pointers)                               0        0.00%
    data                                              0        0.00%
    data + overhead                                   0        0.00%
    free                                  1,703,935,792      100.00%
    Total allocated                       1,703,935,792      100.00%
Other memory usage
    set maxvar usage                          2,166,946
    set matsize usage                         5,190,400
    programs, saved results, etc.                10,619
    Total                                     7,367,965
Grand total                               1,711,303,757

> I would strongly recommend the multicore MacPro. We have just purchased one for our department (4-core) and I have consulted with one of our research centers who are considering getting one (8-core) for their high-end needs. The default MacPro config is 8-core. The 8-core Stata/MP is pricey, but the 4-core version of Stata/MP is more affordable.

Earlier this year we made the same choices that Kit suggests for our
group. And we have been very happy with the results. Although I am a
very strong Stata fan, I must say that I unhappy at the pricing for MP
Stata, and hope that Stata may rethink multi-core pricing some day. In
the mean, as Kit has done, I use 4-core Stata on my 8-core machine.


Fred Wolfe
National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases
Wichita, Kansas
NDB Office +1 316 263 2125 Ext 0
Research Office +1 316 686 9195
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