[OS X TeX] Benchmarks on various machines
Geoff Vallis
gkv at Princeton.EDU
Thu Oct 5 03:08:54 CEST 2006
Dear All,
Below, for those interested, are some benchmarks for typesetting a
750 page book on various Macs. The book is technical, with lots of
equations and figures. The figures exist in both EPS form, for latex,
and PDF form, for PDFlatex. The times given are elapse time in
seconds, rounded to integers, so smaller is better. Typesetting is
done from the terminal.
The G4 is a Powerbook, at 1.4 Mhz. The G5 is a dual processor tower,
at 2.5 Ghz. The Macbook is dual processor, core duo, at 2.GHz. The
Imac is dual processor, core 2 duo, at 2.16 Ghz. The laptops have 1GB
ram, the desktops 2GB. The 'no-log' column refers to the case when
terminal output was suppressed, by redirecting it to /dev/null. This
made a big difference on the single processor machine, but a small
difference on the other machines. At the bottom is the actual output
from some of cases, using the 'time' command. The first figure in
each column (e.g. 8.876u) is the CPU time, and the third figure is
the elapse time.
If anyone wants to see the actual book, which is a graduate-level
fluid mechanics book using the lucida family of fonts for both text
and mathematics, go to:
http://www.princeton.edu/~gkv/aofd
Finally, let me thank everyone on the list for help over the years.
This made the writing of the book, or at least figuring out how to
typeset it nicely, much easier. I'm afraid I've been a sponge and not
a spigot of information!
Regards
Geoff Vallis
P.S. I only subscribe to the digest, so if anyone has any comments or
questions please cc me.
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Latex Latex (no log) PDFLatex PDFLatex (no log)
G4 single 36 21 56 34
G5 dual 10 9 17 16
Intel Imac 7 6 13 13
Macbook 10 8 18 16
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CPU Elapse
G5 latex: 8.876u 0.360s 0:09.38 98.4% 0+0k 0+3io 0pf+0w
G5 pdflatex: 14.952u 1.101s 0:16.65 96.3% 0+0k 0+26io 0pf+0w
G4 latex: 18.096u 0.780s 0:36.39 51.8% 0+0k 0+143io 0pf+0w
(no log) 17.456u 0.643s 0:20.84 86.8% 0+0k 0+128io 0pf+0w
G4 pdflatex: 28.676u 2.075s 0:56.48 54.4% 0+0k 0+33io 0pf+0w
(no log) 28.295u 1.881s 0:33.91 88.9% 0+0k 2+34io 0pf+0w
Imac latex: 6.233u 0.174s 0:06.68 95.8% 0+0k 0+18io 0pf+0w
Imac pdflatex: 12.323u 0.674s 0:13.38 97.0% 0+0k 0+19io 0pf+0w
Macbook latex: 9.754u 0.236s 0:10.05 99.3% 0+0k 0+12io 0pf+0w
Macbook pdflatex: 17.606u 0.791s 0:18.50 99.4% 0+0k 0+12io 0pf+0w
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