[Numpy-discussion] Python parallel programming on Mac OS X Maverick

Andy Ray Terrel andy.terrel at gmail.com
Mon Oct 28 13:11:48 EDT 2013

Hi Siegfried,

Parallel programs, just like serial programs, will consume as much (or
as little) memory as they are required to do so.  The Python
interpreter and Numpy libraries all fit under 20 MB. So even a haswell
with its 4 cores is going to be insignificant overhead for running
Python in parallel.

-- Andy

On Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 11:34 AM, Siegfried Gonzi
<sgonzi at staffmail.ed.ac.uk> wrote:
> Hi all
> Quick question: What is the minimum RAM requirement for doing parallel programming with Python/Numpy on Mac OS X Maverick?
> I am about to buy a Macbook Pro 15" and I'd like to know if 8GB RAM (with SSD flash storage) for the Haswell quad core will be enough. I have never done any parallel programming with Python/Numpy but plan to get to grips with it on my new Macbook Pro where memory from now on is being soldered on and non-replaceable.
> Apple has a 14 days no quibbles refund policy but I am not sure if I can work out what I need within 14 days.
> Thanks,
> Siegfried
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