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  Best computational speed for dollar.

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I'm running some simulations from home, but I need more speed.  I was wondering how  to best spend my money.   I'm using Open source Fortran on a Mac which is about six years old.  If I buy the Intel Fortran compiler for about $600, that might increase my speed by a factor of 2 or more.  Alternatively, I could invest in a new computer.  If I buy a PC then I might get more computational bang for my buck.  We have occasional brief power outages here in Oregon, so I was thinking a laptop has a battery and might get me through many of these outages, but do laptops provide as much computational speed per dollar spent.  Does anyone have advise?

asked 6 days ago in Computational Physics by christophe (0 points) [ revision history ]

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