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RE: st: Op. sys. refuses to provide memory - a cautionary tale


From   Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   "'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu'" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: Op. sys. refuses to provide memory - a cautionary tale
Date   Fri, 20 Aug 2010 10:00:09 +0100

I think this partially answers itself in that I don't think that it can fairly be expected that a company website is a proper place for a company, in this case StataCorp, to offer opinions about anything that is currently controversial. 

That said, Benjamin's question is obviously practical and a fair one for members of this list to venture opinions and comment from experience. In addition, presumably people other than econometricians are not excluded. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Craig, Benjamin M.

To clarify, the website answers essential questions (which systems are supported?) and provides some advice and education. I need to know more details on current controversies relating to multiple core, 64-bit and drive speeds in the real world. In this sense, it is a bit incomplete to say that more core, more bits, and faster drives are preferable. As was previously post, I had thought that a 32-bit dual core desktop was good enough for my needs, and was woefully wrong. Others seem to follow...

http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2010-07/msg01337.html

If a listserv member has tried STATA MP on multiple machines, I would like to know what worked best so that I can buy one. There is an obvious caveat: speed depends on the task. However, I would counter that some data are better than none. For example, I recently bootstrapped a ML with 1000 iteration and inequality constraints. It took 4 weeks. Do you think your machine can do better? Personally, I do not use stata for database management, and doubt that many econometricians do. If someone has a good analytics machine, and he/she thinks that it works well, I'd like to know its components. Maybe a consensus will emerge. Maybe not.

Martin Weiss

In which respect is the Stata website "incomplete"? There is advice at http://www.stata.com/products/opsysmp.html, and how is the website supposed to give more detailed advice? It does not know your specific setup, hence the reluctance to go into greater depth...

Craig, Benjamin M.

Okay, I give up... I need a new machine. Due to institutional policies, I need to buy a Dell. Otherwise, I would very much like any advice on this purchase. My best guess is a 64-bit 8-core desktop for a 6-core version of Stata MP. I don't need a rocket, just a racecar.

If you have any specifications that you would like to share with me, please send them directly or post them on the listserv for others looking to upgrade. I have read the Stata website, which seems incomplete.


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