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st: RE: RE: network Stata

From   "Rubil Ivica" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: RE: network Stata
Date   Fri, 1 Mar 2013 12:06:34 +0100

Thanks, Tim:

And how about installing .ado and .hlp files directly from the Internet?


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Tim Evans
Sent: Friday, March 01, 2013 12:01 PM
Subject: st: RE: network Stata

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-----
[] 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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