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st: RE: network Stata

From   Tim Evans <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: RE: network Stata
Date   Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:00:37 +0000

Dear Ivica,

My organisation went down the network licence option. Generally it works fine - we have 7 licences for about 14 researchers, although only 4 people consistently use Stata daily. We've not had any problem from that point of view but you should consider whether a 1:4 ratio is sufficient - but only you will have a better idea of this. In terms of performance, my main issue I experience with a network installation is actually opening up Stata and also loading/writing data files to the network. My computer will often 'hang' for a minute or so when I open Stata for the first time while I also have issues loading files which are anything above a couple of mb in size. That said I think this is more to do with the network my organisation using being not very good rather than Stata. If I load files/save files to the actual computer I'm working on, it usually runs a breeze - something I have to do sometimes if I am reading/writing a lot of large datasets.

My only other 'bad' experience was when I tried to update one of the packages on the network when other users were using Stata. I think I had to wait until everyone had closed Stata before I could successfully apply my own updates. There might be ways around this - saving packages to a personal space, but this might cause problems if you wanted people to all be consistently using the same versions of things.

Anyhow, that's my experience overall computation of analysis is usually fine once open but anything related to reading and writing to the network can be a bit of a problem but if you have a decent network connection you're probably fine. For reference our networked Stata version is Stata 11.2 for Windows (32-bit).

Hope this helps.

Best wishes


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Rubil Ivica
Sent: 01 March 2013 10:07
Subject: st: network Stata

Dear all,

my institution is considering, for cost-cutting reasons, to buy 10 network Statas, for about 40 researchers, instead of single-user versions. I have had no experience so far with network versions of Stata. Is there anyone to tell me if there are many performance losses in terms of computing power, any inconveniences or something like that, with network versions? I just kind of don't like this network idea. Do I have to worry?


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