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Re: st: Best machine to build for running STATA


From   Michael Norman Mitchell <Michael.Norman.Mitchell@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Best machine to build for running STATA
Date   Mon, 22 Feb 2010 14:56:44 -0800

Greetings

  Two factors come to my mind as being very important...

1) Having sufficient memory. This has been discussed today on the statalist, with links to how you can calculate your memory needs. 2) Whether you will be using Stata/MP, and how many cores you want to get (both for your Stata/MP license and physical cores). For large statistical models, you can save considerable time running models on four cores, for example. This link contains a detailed report showing the time savings one gets using Stata/MP, and how much time savings you obtain for each additional core you add for each command.

http://www.stata.com/statamp/report.pdf

These are not the only factors, but I feel they are among the major factors.

I hope this helps,

Michael N. Mitchell
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On 2010-02-22 2.27 PM, Dana Chandler wrote:
Hi fellow Statalisters -

I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions or guidelines for what
would be the ideal type of machine to build for intensive STATA-use.

In particular, if you wanted to be able to run saturated regression
models on large (several gigabyte) data sets in STATA, what would the
ideal set up be? This is a computer that will be used exclusively for
data-intensive tasks and mostly with STATA.

The only requirement is that it has to be built on a windows x86
operating system. What type of hardware makes for the speediest STATA
experience: harddrive type, RAM type, number of processors, etc. ?

Thanks in advance,
Dana
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