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Re: st: Stata/MP for parallel processing


From   vwiggins@stata.com (Vince Wiggins, StataCorp)
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Stata/MP for parallel processing
Date   Fri, 31 Mar 2006 08:45:36 -0600

Ade Mander <Adrian.Mander@mrc-hnr.cam.ac.uk> asked whether Stata/MP would
run in a distributed computing environment (over a network),

> Out of interest do the chips have to reside in the one machine or
> can we use multiple machines within a network?

As Scott Merryman <smerryman@kc.rr.com> made clear it does not, and we can
compare what types of problems are appropriate for distributed vs. symmetric
multiprocessing (SMP) computing (what Stata/MP does) if there is interest.
Suffice for now to say that for completely automated parallel approaches to
the widest array of problems and problem sizes, SMP is the answer.

On a related issue, you can find out what platforms Stata/MP runs on by
visiting http://www.stata.com/products/opsysmp.html, which is linked to from
http://www.stata.com/statamp/.  

In addition to highly parallel computers, Stata/MP is perfectly suited to the
new crop of relatively inexpensive computers with dual-core processors.

The latest word from Intel is that quad-core processors will be out in the
first quarter of 2007.

 
-- Vince
   vwiggins@stata.com

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