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Re: st: GPU use in Stata 12?

From   Neil Shephard <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: GPU use in Stata 12?
Date   Tue, 11 Jan 2011 17:15:56 +0000

weig2011/1/11 László Sándor <[email protected]>:
> Hi,
> I use Stata 11.1 on a Mac. I will be shopping for new hardware
> shortly, and I would be grateful for any updates or educated guesses
> on the GPU use of the upcoming release.
> Two years ago, when Snow Leopard and Stata 11 were coming out, there
> was a conclusion that Stata 11 will not support OpenCL or use CUDA
> (like Matlab or Mathematica...), as the Nvidia chips at the time (and
> still used in the configuration currently on sale) could not make
> double precision floating point calculations.
> Two years later, you might know more about recent GPUs (and some
> rumors about what is going into the upcoming mac product line?) and/or
> Mac OS X 10.7 scheduled for "this summer." Of course, many fellow
> statalisters would care more about PC hardware for Stata.
> I might spend a few hundred dollars extra for a dedicated GPU in a
> laptop in case Stata can make use of that. (I heard speed improvement
> by orderS of magnitude possible) But it would be nice to get some
> advance notice before Stata 12 actually comes out. My hardware upgrade
> cannot wait until the summer, but I don't want the new piece become
> obsolete that soon either.

You might find the following article which compared the performance of
GPU to multi-threaded CPU for some computationally heavy analysis and
found that if done correctly there is no real difference between the

Oh, and hardware is hardware regardless of the OS that runs on it
(even more so since Apple started using Intel's chips a few years


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