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on AMD 64bit CPUs, not any Intel CPUs.
http://www.wolfram.com/products/mathematica/platforms/
says:
Sun x86
Solaris 10 64bit
Requires AMD 64bit machine.
Attempting to run the textbased kernel on an Intel Duo ...

A hack to run Mathematica 6 on Solaris x86 with an Intel CPU
Mathematica is supported on Sun's Solaris x86 operating system, but only
on AMD 64bit CPUs, not any Intel CPUs.
http://www.wolfram.com/products/mathematica/platforms/
says:
Sun x86
Solaris 10 64bit
Requires AMD 64bit machine.
Attempting to run the textbased kernel on an Intel Duo Core 2 CPU
causes it to crash immediately.
ld.so.1: MathKernel: fatal:
/usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/6.0/SystemFiles/Libraries/Solarisx8664/libsunperf.so.1:
hardware capability unsupported: 0x100 [ AMD_3DNow ]
Apparently modern Intel chips support *most* of the AMD instructions,
but appears (for my Intel CPU at least) not the AMD_3Dnow instructions,
which one of the libraries supplied with Mathematica needs.
However, following the suggestion of Marc (marc.glisse at
gmail.com) on the comp.unix.solaris newsgroup, and posts from several
others in quick succession (which would never have been possible on
comp.softsys.math.mathematica with the delays the moderation causes on
there), I had a solution. I replaced the library libsunperf.so.1
supplied with Mathematica 6.0 with a later one supplied by Sun on their
Solaris Express Developer Edition. (The actual file is part of the Sun's
Studio 12 development system, so one only needs that, which is free. As
is Solaris of course too).
That allowed Mathematica to go a bit further, but then it failed with
the message
ld.so.1: MathKernel: fatal: libfsu.so.1: version `SUNWprivate_1.1' not
found (required by file
/usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/6.0/SystemFiles/Libraries/Solarisx8664/libsunperf.so.1)
ld.so.1: MathKernel: fatal: libfsu.so.1: open failed: No such file or
directory
Killed
The file libfsu.so.1 is also part of the Sun Studio 12 development kit,
but Mathematica does not look for it. But one can copy that into the
directory where Mathematica looks for libraries (or, as I did, make a
symbolic link).
Finally when all that is done, the kernel (math) works, but the front
end (mathematica) crashed almost immediately.
But that issue for Solaris is in the support FAQ for Mathematica,
http://support.wolfram.com/mathemati...ntsolaris.html
which says the noTrueTypeFont option can fix problems with Mathematica
crashing on Solaris. (Who is at fault here, Sun or Wolfram?)
That did not help immediately, but I then realised the previous crashes
probably resulted in corrupted cache data, so I started Mathematica with
the cleanStart option too.
Then, it works!!! Mathematica is now running on a computer running
Solaris x86 with an Intel CPU, not the supported AMD CPU. Obviously
this hack will not be supported by Wolfram, but it appears to work.
(Perhaps they would add support for Intel chips, as it seems possible
with little effort).
I would add it runs the Mathematica 6 benchmark quite slowly, scoring
1.37 or so on a machine which scores 2.00 on Vista. (That said, the x86
version was 6.0.0, and the Vista version 6.0.1). But Mathematica does
work on Solaris x86 with an Intel CPU and Solaris is in my opinion a
much better operating system than Vista.
Use at your own risk, but the steps are below. Assuming Mathematica is
in the default installation, you will need to be root.
1) Change to the Directory Mathematica uses for libraries:
# cd /usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/6.0/SystemFiles/Libraries/Solarisx8664
2) Rename the original library to something else
# mv libsunperf.so.1 libsunperf.so.1.orig
3) Create a link from the later version of the library in the Sun Studio
12 development system
# ln s /opt/SUNWspro/prod/lib/amd64/libsunperf.so.2 libsunperf.so.1
4) Create a link from the file /opt/SUNWspro/prod/lib/amd64/libfsu.so.1
to the directory used for the libraries.
# ln s /opt/SUNWspro/prod/lib/amd64/libfsu.so.1 libfsu.so.1
5) Launch Mathematica with the options cleanStart and noTrueTypeFont
$ /usr/local/bin/mathematica cleanStart noTrueTypeFont
6) Next time, it should work without the cleanStart option, but the
noTrueTypeFont one is still needed.
$ /usr/local/bin/mathematica noTrueTypeFont
It now works!!
It would be so nice if comp.softsys.math.mathematica newsgroup was not
moderated, so allowed a fast exchange of views between people. It allows
problems that need contributions from many to be solved quickly,
something that seems impossible on comp.softsys.math.mathematica, but
was on the unmoderated Sun newsgroup.
Obviously the above will not be supported by Wolfram Research, so use at
your own risk, but it does appear to work for me at least.
Solaris x86 has been known as a very good operating system for
Mathematica, with various records having been set on that platform
http://www.sun.com/thirdparty/srsc/...Wolfram_ss.pdf
My initial benchmark results suggest it does not work as well on the
Intel CPUs as it does AMD, as the benchmark results are quite sluggish
given the hardware. That said, this is a laptop, so it may be a result
of the CPU being slowed by power management systems. On Vista,
Mathematica does even slower (scoring about 1.00) if Windows is
configured for maximum battery life, rather than Maximum performance. My
guess is an AMD is a better CPU for Mathematica, but it does work on the
Intel one, with the above hack.
Overall, for best performance it seems hard to beat Solaris x86 on an
AMD CPU, but this is quite usable.

Re: A hack to run Mathematica 6 on Solaris x86 with an Intel CPU
Dave wrote:
> Mathematica is supported on Sun's Solaris x86 operating system, but only
> on AMD 64bit CPUs, not any Intel CPUs.
>
> http://www.wolfram.com/products/mathematica/platforms/
>
> says:
>
> Sun x86
> Solaris 10 64bit
> Requires AMD 64bit machine.
I should add, I was using Solaris 10, not an earlier version.
bash3.00$ cat /etc/release
Solaris Express Developer Edition 9/07 snv_70b X86
Copyright 2007 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Use is subject to license terms.
Assembled 30 August 2007
bash3.00$ isainfo v
64bit amd64 applications
cx16 mon sse3 sse2 sse fxsr mmx cmov amd_sysc cx8 tsc fpu
32bit i386 applications
ahf cx16 mon sse3 sse2 sse fxsr mmx cmov sep cx8 tsc fpu
It's less likely this hack would work on older releases of Solaris, but
given that Solaris is free (Sun will even ship you a DVD and them pay
the postage)
http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/...xpress/get.jsp
it is hard to justify using an old version of Solaris. Not tested with
earlier releases of Mathematica  it might well work.

Re: A hack to run Mathematica 6 on Solaris x86 with an Intel CPU
On Fri, 23 Nov 2007 10:11:04 +0000, Dave wrote:
> Attempting to run the textbased kernel on an Intel Duo Core 2 CPU causes
> it to crash immediately.
>
> ld.so.1: MathKernel: fatal:
> /usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/6.0/SystemFiles/Libraries/Solarisx8664/libsunperf.so.1:
> hardware capability unsupported: 0x100 [ AMD_3DNow ]
>
> Apparently modern Intel chips support *most* of the AMD instructions, but
> appears (for my Intel CPU at least) not the AMD_3Dnow instructions, which
> one of the libraries supplied with Mathematica needs.
>
This is pure nonsense. The fault is in Mathematica's code, not in x86_64
implementation of Intel. There were some minor irrelevant differences
with AMD64 in first version, but that was with P4, not Core 2 Duo.
See here for details:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X8664
scroll to "Recent implementations". Even on P4 architecture there was
no difference for 3dnow code.

Re: A hack to run Mathematica 6 on Solaris x86 with an Intel CPU
> > Apparently modern Intel chips support *most* of the AMD instructions, but
> > appears (for my Intel CPU at least) not the AMD_3Dnow instructions, which
> > one of the libraries supplied with Mathematica needs.
>
> This is pure nonsense. The fault is in Mathematica's code, not in x86_64
> implementation of Intel. There were some minor irrelevant differences
> with AMD64 in first version, but that was with P4, not Core 2 Duo.
3DNow is not part of x8664, it is specific to AMD processors and it
never caught on. You may be thinking of SSE, which was Intel's
similar extension to x86, which did catch on and was included in the
x8664 spec. The instruction set compatibility table at
http://www.agner.org/optimize/instruction_tables.pdf should clear up
any questions about what specific processors support.

Re: A hack to run Mathematica 6 on Solaris x86 with an Intel CPU
Roman Pearce wrote:
>>> Apparently modern Intel chips support *most* of the AMD instructions, but
>>> appears (for my Intel CPU at least) not the AMD_3Dnow instructions, which
>>> one of the libraries supplied with Mathematica needs.
>> This is pure nonsense. The fault is in Mathematica's code, not in x86_64
>> implementation of Intel. There were some minor irrelevant differences
>> with AMD64 in first version, but that was with P4, not Core 2 Duo.
>
> 3DNow is not part of x8664, it is specific to AMD processors and it
> never caught on. You may be thinking of SSE, which was Intel's
> similar extension to x86, which did catch on and was included in the
> x8664 spec. The instruction set compatibility table at
> http://www.agner.org/optimize/instruction_tables.pdf should clear up
> any questions about what specific processors support.
Thank you. Which is why Mathematica will not run under Solaris x86 with
an Intel CPU unless you charge a library for one which does not use
AMD_3DNOW instructions.

Re: A hack to run Mathematica 6 on Solaris x86 with an Intel CPU
On Fri, 23 Nov 2007 22:18:43 0800, Roman Pearce wrote:
>> > Apparently modern Intel chips support *most* of the AMD instructions,
>> > but appears (for my Intel CPU at least) not the AMD_3Dnow
>> > instructions, which one of the libraries supplied with Mathematica
>> > needs.
>>
>> This is pure nonsense. The fault is in Mathematica's code, not in x86_64
>> implementation of Intel. There were some minor irrelevant differences
>> with AMD64 in first version, but that was with P4, not Core 2 Duo.
>
> 3DNow is not part of x8664, it is specific to AMD processors and it never
> caught on.
Precisely. 3DNow IS NOT part of 64 bit code.
Let me cite history of x86_64:
MMX, 3DNow!, x87, SSE, SSE2, and SSE3 extensions all hang off of the
original x86 ISA, overlapping in many cases. x8664 cleans things up by
adopting SSE and SSE2 as part of its core set of instructions and
jettisoning MMX, 3DNow!, and the x87 FPU.
Now, since the OP is dealing with
Solaris 10 64bit
Requires AMD 64bit machine.
we conclude that his Mathematica is either 32 bit only, but this should
not be compatible with the following
/usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/6.0/SystemFiles/Libraries/Solarisx8664/libsunperf.so.1:
which is claiming to be a 64 bit library, OR
the code is "64 bit".
In either case the fault is in Mathematica's code which seems to be 32 bit
only + proprietary extensions.

Re: A hack to run Mathematica 6 on Solaris x86 with an Intel CPU
On 23 Nov, 10:11, Dave wrote:
> Mathematica is supported on Sun's Solaris x86 operating system, but only
> on AMD 64bit CPUs, not any Intel CPUs.
>
> http://www.wolfram.com/products/mathematica/platforms/
>
> says:
>
> Sun x86
> Solaris 10 64bit
> Requires AMD 64bit machine.
>
> Attempting to run the textbased kernel on an Intel Duo Core 2 CPU
> causes it to crash immediately.
>
> ld.so.1: MathKernel: fatal:
> /usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/6.0/SystemFiles/Libraries/Solarisx8664/libsunperf.so.1:
> hardware capability unsupported: 0x100 [ AMD_3DNow ]
>
> Apparently modern Intel chips support *most* of the AMD instructions,
> but appears (for my Intel CPU at least) not the AMD_3Dnow instructions,
> which one of the libraries supplied with Mathematica needs.
>
> However, following the suggestion of Marc (marc.glisse at
> gmail.com) on the comp.unix.solaris newsgroup, and posts from several
> others in quick succession (which would never have been possible on
> comp.softsys.math.mathematica with the delays the moderation causes on
> there), I had a solution. I replaced the library libsunperf.so.1
> supplied with Mathematica 6.0 with a later one supplied by Sun on their
> Solaris Express Developer Edition. (The actual file is part of the Sun's
> Studio 12 development system, so one only needs that, which is free. As
> is Solaris of course too).
>
> That allowed Mathematica to go a bit further, but then it failed with
> the message
>
> ld.so.1: MathKernel: fatal: libfsu.so.1: version `SUNWprivate_1.1' not
> found (required by file
> /usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/6.0/SystemFiles/Libraries/Solarisx8664/libsunperf.so.1)
> ld.so.1: MathKernel: fatal: libfsu.so.1: open failed: No such file or
> directory
> Killed
>
> The file libfsu.so.1 is also part of the Sun Studio 12 development kit,
> but Mathematica does not look for it. But one can copy that into the
> directory where Mathematica looks for libraries (or, as I did, make a
> symbolic link).
>
> Finally when all that is done, the kernel (math) works, but the front
> end (mathematica) crashed almost immediately.
>
> But that issue for Solaris is in the support FAQ for Mathematica,
>
> http://support.wolfram.com/mathemati...aris/notruetyp...
>
> which says the noTrueTypeFont option can fix problems with Mathematica
> crashing on Solaris. (Who is at fault here, Sun or Wolfram?)
>
> That did not help immediately, but I then realised the previous crashes
> probably resulted in corrupted cache data, so I started Mathematica with
> the cleanStart option too.
>
> Then, it works!!! Mathematica is now running on a computer running
> Solaris x86 with an Intel CPU, not the supported AMD CPU. Obviously
> this hack will not be supported by Wolfram, but it appears to work.
> (Perhaps they would add support for Intel chips, as it seems possible
> with little effort).
>
> I would add it runs the Mathematica 6 benchmark quite slowly, scoring
> 1.37 or so on a machine which scores 2.00 on Vista. (That said, the x86
> version was 6.0.0, and the Vista version 6.0.1). But Mathematica does
> work on Solaris x86 with an Intel CPU and Solaris is in my opinion a
> much better operating system than Vista.
>
> Use at your own risk, but the steps are below. Assuming Mathematica is
> in the default installation, you will need to be root.
>
> 1) Change to the Directory Mathematica uses for libraries:
> # cd /usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/6.0/SystemFiles/Libraries/Solarisx8664
>
> 2) Rename the original library to something else
> # mv libsunperf.so.1 libsunperf.so.1.orig
>
> 3) Create a link from the later version of the library in the Sun Studio
> 12 development system
>
> # ln s /opt/SUNWspro/prod/lib/amd64/libsunperf.so.2 libsunperf.so.1
>
> 4) Create a link from the file /opt/SUNWspro/prod/lib/amd64/libfsu.so.1
> to the directory used for the libraries.
>
> # ln s /opt/SUNWspro/prod/lib/amd64/libfsu.so.1 libfsu.so.1
>
> 5) Launch Mathematica with the options cleanStart and noTrueTypeFont
>
> $ /usr/local/bin/mathematica cleanStart noTrueTypeFont
>
> 6) Next time, it should work without the cleanStart option, but the
> noTrueTypeFont one is still needed.
>
> $ /usr/local/bin/mathematica noTrueTypeFont
>
> It now works!!
>
> It would be so nice if comp.softsys.math.mathematica newsgroup was not
> moderated, so allowed a fast exchange of views between people. It allows
> problems that need contributions from many to be solved quickly,
> something that seems impossible on comp.softsys.math.mathematica, but
> was on the unmoderated Sun newsgroup.
>
> Obviously the above will not be supported by Wolfram Research, so use at
> your own risk, but it does appear to work for me at least.
>
> Solaris x86 has been known as a very good operating system for
> Mathematica, with various records having been set on that platform
>
> http://www.sun.com/thirdparty/srsc/...Wolfram_ss.pdf
>
> My initial benchmark results suggest it does not work as well on the
> Intel CPUs as it does AMD, as the benchmark results are quite sluggish
> given the hardware. That said, this is a laptop, so it may be a result
> of the CPU being slowed by power management systems. On Vista,
> Mathematica does even slower (scoring about 1.00) if Windows is
> configured for maximum battery life, rather than Maximum performance. My
> guess is an AMD is a better CPU for Mathematica, but it does work on the
> Intel one, with the above hack.
>
> Overall, for best performance it seems hard to beat Solaris x86 on an
> AMD CPU, but this is quite usable.
Just to say it works for me too on my Intel desktop.
The fonts don't look too nice it must be said, that seems to be an
issue with Mathematica on Solaris, rather than specific to the
specific use of Mathematica on Solaris x86 using Intel chips.
Richard

Re: A hack to run Mathematica 6 on Solaris x86 with an Intel CPU
On 23 Nov, 22:54, Burzum wrote:
> On Fri, 23 Nov 2007 10:11:04 +0000, Dave wrote:
> > Attempting to run the textbased kernel on an Intel Duo Core 2 CPU causes
> > it to crash immediately.
>
> > ld.so.1: MathKernel: fatal:
> > /usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/6.0/SystemFiles/Libraries/Solarisx8664/libsunperf.so.1:
> > hardware capability unsupported: 0x100 [ AMD_3DNow ]
>
> > Apparently modern Intel chips support *most* of the AMD instructions, but
> > appears (for my Intel CPU at least) not the AMD_3Dnow instructions, which
> > one of the libraries supplied with Mathematica needs.
>
> This is pure nonsense. The fault is in Mathematica's code, not in x86_64
> implementation of Intel. There were some minor irrelevant differences
> with AMD64 in first version, but that was with P4, not Core 2 Duo.
>
> See here for details:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X8664
>
> scroll to "Recent implementations". Even on P4 architecture there was
> no difference for 3dnow code.
Whatever you say, the program fails to run without hacking the
libraries.
Richard

Re: A hack to run Mathematica 6 on Solaris x86 with an Intel CPU
Dave and others,
Although the Mathematica Platform Availability page specifically
states that only AMD processors are supported on Solaris x86, our
intent is to support all systems running on Sun hardware regardless of
whether those systems are based on AMD, Intel, or SPARC processors.
And we will work toward that end.
In regard to the issue with the Mathematica kernel and the SunPerf
library (aka libsunperf.so.1), this is an issue that has only recently
come to our attention. Our internal testing on the Sun Ultra 24, which
is an Intel Core 2based system, did not exhibit this problem. I
would encourage anyone who has experienced the crash due to libsunperf
to report this to the Wolfram Research Technical Support team at
support@wolfram.com with the details of your system configuration.
That will help us to determine the conditions under which this crash
occurs.
In regard to the issue with the Mathematica front end and TrueType
fonts, this issue is not specific to Solaris x86, but occurs on
Solaris SPARC as well. Earlier builds of Solaris 10 did not exhibit
this problem, and it appears to have been introduced in a Solaris
patch. We are working closely with Sun to resolve this.
Wolfram Research is committed to continuing and enhancing support for
Mathematica on the Solaris on the SPARC and x86 platforms. Thank you
for bringing these issues to our attention.
Regards,
Schoeller Porter
Technical Development Specialist
Wolfram Research, Inc.

Re: A hack to run Mathematica 6 on Solaris x86 with an Intel CPU
schoeller.porter@gmail.com wrote:
> Dave and others,
>
> Although the Mathematica Platform Availability page specifically
> states that only AMD processors are supported on Solaris x86, our
> intent is to support all systems running on Sun hardware regardless of
> whether those systems are based on AMD, Intel, or SPARC processors.
> And we will work toward that end.
Wolfram may have intensions of supporting Mathematica on Solaris x86,
but at the moment Mathematica has *no* chance at all of running on Intel
systems which run Solaris x86  unless the hack I put here is applied.
> In regard to the issue with the Mathematica kernel and the SunPerf
> library (aka libsunperf.so.1), this is an issue that has only recently
> come to our attention.
I think you are missing the point. The library supplied with Mathematica
will *never* run on an Intel system running Solaris x86. It *needs* an
AMD CPU.
> Our internal testing on the Sun Ultra 24, which
> is an Intel Core 2based system, did not exhibit this problem.
Are you 100% sure that Sun Ultra 24 was running Solaris, and not Linux?
This Sun blog talks of Mathematica setting a record on a Sun Ultra 24
http://blogs.sun.com/bmseer/entry/ma..._world_records
But note the OS is not Solaris, but Linux.
Same with this page
http://www.sun.com/desktop/workstati...nchmarks.jsp#1
It is Suse Linux, not Solaris x86.
To the best of my knowledge, the hack I posted is mandatory if one wants
to run Mathematica under Solaris x86 on an Intel CPU. I can't see any
other way it can be done.
> I
> would encourage anyone who has experienced the crash due to libsunperf
> to report this to the Wolfram Research Technical Support team at
> support@wolfram.com with the details of your system configuration.
> That will help us to determine the conditions under which this crash
> occurs.
I've spent quite a bit of time looking at this, but clearly I can't be
expected to know as much as Wolfram Research. But my belief is that the
Mathematica for Solaris x86 (both 6.0 and 6.0.1) and no hope at all of
running on an Intel CPU as shipped.
> In regard to the issue with the Mathematica front end and TrueType
> fonts, this issue is not specific to Solaris x86, but occurs on
> Solaris SPARC as well. Earlier builds of Solaris 10 did not exhibit
> this problem, and it appears to have been introduced in a Solaris
> patch. We are working closely with Sun to resolve this.
Let us know when you have a solution. Perhaps you can post it on
sci.math.symbolic. I get fed up trying to use Mathgroup, due to the
moderation.
> Wolfram Research is committed to continuing and enhancing support for
> Mathematica on the Solaris on the SPARC and x86 platforms. Thank you
> for bringing these issues to our attention.
I get the very distinct impression that Mathematica is not tested as
well on Solaris as it is under Windows. Every time I've seen a member of
WRI staff with MMA it has been on a Windows environment. I get the
feeling that the internal usage on Solaris is probably a lot less than
on Windows.
I'm afraid to say I have seen this problem with other software. Labview
in particular was very buggy under Solaris. The same can not be said for
Mathematica, but it seems to have a number of quite fundamental issues.
> Regards,
> Schoeller Porter
> Technical Development Specialist
> Wolfram Research, Inc.
Well than you Schoeller. It's good to see some response from WRI on this
matter  an email to support has received no useful response.
But unless I am mistaken, there is no way you can expect people to run
MMA on Solaris x86 with Intel chips unless you ship a different library.

Re: A hack to run Mathematica 6 on Solaris x86 with an Intel CPU
Dave,
> > Our internal testing on the Sun Ultra 24, which
> > is an Intel Core 2based system, did not exhibit this problem.
>
> Are you 100% sure that Sun Ultra 24 was running Solaris, and not Linux?
> This Sun blog talks of Mathematica setting a record on a Sun Ultra 24
>
> http://blogs.sun.com/bmseer/entry/ma..._world_records
>
> But note the OS is not Solaris, but Linux.
>
> Same with this page
>
> http://www.sun.com/desktop/workstati...nchmarks.jsp#1
>
> It is Suse Linux, not Solaris x86.
The Sun Ultra 24 we used ran Solaris 10. Our internal testing was not
related to the performance testing by Sun. As you note, Sun's
performance testing was done with Linux.
> I've spent quite a bit of time looking at this, but clearly I can't be
> expected to know as much as Wolfram Research. But my belief is that the
> Mathematica for Solaris x86 (both 6.0 and 6.0.1) and no hope at all of
> running on an Intel CPU as shipped.
I am glad that you are able to get Mathematica running on your system
by replacing libsunperf.so.1 with the Studio 12 version. I appreciate
the effort you've put in this, and I'm sure the information you've
provided here and on other forums will be helpful understanding the
root cause of this problem and in finding a solution.
> > In regard to the issue with the Mathematica front end and TrueType
> > fonts, this issue is not specific to Solaris x86, but occurs on
> > Solaris SPARC as well. Earlier builds of Solaris 10 did not exhibit
> > this problem, and it appears to have been introduced in a Solaris
> > patch. We are working closely with Sun to resolve this.
>
> Let us know when you have a solution. Perhaps you can post it on
> sci.math.symbolic. I get fed up trying to use Mathgroup, due to the
> moderation.
Just today I learned that the TrueType problem is an issue with
fontconfig on Solaris. We do not yet have a solution for this, but I
thought you (and the others who've encountered this problem) would
appreciate knowing the cause.
Regards,
Schoeller.

Re: A hack to run Mathematica 6 on Solaris x86 with an Intel CPU
schoeller.porter@gmail.com wrote:
>> Are you 100% sure that Sun Ultra 24 was running Solaris, and not Linux?
>> This Sun blog talks of Mathematica setting a record on a Sun Ultra 24
>>
>> http://blogs.sun.com/bmseer/entry/ma..._world_records
>>
>> But note the OS is not Solaris, but Linux.
>>
>> Same with this page
>>
>> http://www.sun.com/desktop/workstati...nchmarks.jsp#1
>>
>> It is Suse Linux, not Solaris x86.
>
> The Sun Ultra 24 we used ran Solaris 10. Our internal testing was not
Do you know if your internal testing was done with a retail Mathematica
or some development version? As far as I can tell, the library in
Mathematica 6.0 and 6.0.1 needs the AMD_3Dnow instruction set, and there
are no Intel CPUs with that.
In contrast, a later version of the library do not need the AMD_3Dnow
instructions.
> I am glad that you are able to get Mathematica running on your system
> by replacing libsunperf.so.1 with the Studio 12 version. I appreciate
> the effort you've put in this, and I'm sure the information you've
> provided here and on other forums will be helpful understanding the
> root cause of this problem and in finding a solution.
There were two changes. First was to replace a library, but once that
was done, there was an error message about a missing library. I found
that library as part of Studio 12 too. I can't recall the names, but I
documented it, so anyone looking to do this can check themselves.
I've had a few times where the front end could not start the kernel.
Quitting and starting again would usually solved it. That was quite
common on 6.0, but seems to have been fixed in 6.0.1.
> Just today I learned that the TrueType problem is an issue with
> fontconfig on Solaris. We do not yet have a solution for this, but I
> thought you (and the others who've encountered this problem) would
> appreciate knowing the cause.
Thank you.
I did a Google with the terms Mathematica, fontconfig and Solaris,
which found this:
http://www.opensolaris.org/jive/mess...ssageID=138015
Since it's not in English, I don't know what it says, but it might shed
some light on the problem.
It's good to see Wolfram Research supporting Mathematica on Solaris x86.
From what I can gather, Maplesoft have no intention of porting Maple to
Solaris x86 and there are conflicting comments on the web about any
intentions Mathworks may or mat not have of porting MATLAB. Considering
both MATLAB and Maple can be found on Solaris (SPARC), this seems a bit
odd. have SPARC ports of the products, this seems a bit odd.
My own very limited testing (just one computer), found Mathematica under
Vista scoring the Benchmark[] a lot high than on Solaris  2.00 on
Vista, 1.37 on Solaris x86.