[IPython-dev] Recommended hardware specs?

Matt Merrifield rmatthewmerrifield at gmail.com
Fri Jul 11 18:22:41 EDT 2014

Depends on what you want to do with it, I suppose. Here at work, we
typically take about a dozen 300Mb text files, parse them into pandas
DataFrame objects (20-30 columns of floats, 100K+ rows), and then do
simple math and plot some stuff. No cryptography or genome sequencing
or anything particularly resource-intensive, but it soaks up a fair
amount of RAM.

Our hex-core Xeon W3670 @3.2 Ghz with 12 GB of RAM is overkill most of
the time, but yesterday somebody got a bit ambitious and crashed it by
drawing up about 600 matplotlib figures without explicitly closing any
of them.

A co-worker installed his own server instance on a laptop with a
Core2Duo@ 2.5Ghz (4GB RAM) and it was a bit too slow to do his work
effectively (too much waiting for files to parse), but it ran okay. A
friend of mine has been solving Project Euler problems on her 2009
macbook for a while now, and IPython runs great for what she wants to

Somewhere in the middle is probably fine. Any mid-range hardware from
the last year or so, and you'll be able to do some real work on it.

I know that's anecdotal at best, but hopefully it gives you some bechmarks.


On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 3:54 AM, Jasmine Lognnes
<princess.jasmine.lognnes at gmail.com> wrote:
> Btw. It is server side hw specs I am interested in =)
> On 11 July 2014 12:02, Jasmine Lognnes
> <princess.jasmine.lognnes at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear developers =)
>> Does anyone know the recommended hardware specs for one instance of
>> IPython? Numer of CPU's, speed and memory.
>> Hugs,
>> Jasmine =)
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