|MadSci Network: Computer Science|
While I'm aware of the issues involved in general purpose multi-processor computing, I cannot answer questions concerning individual software packages and software. Assuming that you haven't purchased the computer yet, I'd advise you to do one or preferably both of the following. (i) Contact the software house that developed and/or sells the software you are interested in. Ask for their recommendations concerning computer hardware. (ii) Subscribe to one or preferably more user groups for the software package(s) you intend to use and ask what multi-processing hardware other people are using. If possible find someone who has had success using hardware of the same or similar specs to what they have, and then buy hardware absolutely identical to what they have. It could be that you don't need to worry that much, and pretty well any SMB hardware will work. But, it's often better to be safe than sorry. Cheers, Ross Clement.
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