[PD] Performance comparisons!

bsoisoi bsoisoi at mac.com
Fri Dec 28 16:34:40 CET 2007

I second that.  If your main motivating factor is performance, Linux  
is the way to go.  I too run a dual boot Linux/OSX system on my 2nd  
notebook, and have found Pd patches running in linux to run with much  
less cpu load than OSX.  If you choose to use JACK instead of  
Portaudio on OSX, you can reduce their cpu load significantly (fyi,  
JACK isn't yet compatible with 10.5).  The Mac/Linux system is  
probably the best of both worlds + you can satisfy your OS X package  
needs with Darwinports (which rocks).

As for windows, haven't used it for audio since 1999 and don't intend  
on going back.

Do you have any other main considerations besides price and  
performance when looking for a new machine?


On Dec 27, 2007, at 6:44 PM, Derek Holzer wrote:

> Hi Mike,
> Mike McGonagle wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I was wondering if anyone has done any sort of "Platform"  
>> comparisons? I
>> am in the market for a new machine, and was just wondering if there  
>> were
>> any performance comparions for the various platforms for which PD is
>> available.
> More than enough stuff in the archives about this. My take:
> I don't know anything about Windows, haven't touched it since 2002.  
> I do
> find that quite a bit of PD is either optimized for or developed with
> Linux on Intel architecture in mind. You have the widest choice of
> objects available and often running better than on any other platform.
> Additionally, I run Gentoo and OSX both on a PPC Powerbook and
> discovered long ago that patches running on the same machine and  
> same PD
> version are more than twice as fast on Linux as on OSX. There are
> probably many reasons for this, the most recently-discussed one was  
> the
> interface with Core Audio.
> If you're up to it, a Linux partition on an Intel machine (Mac or PC)
> would be the highest performance way to go. That leaves a lot up to  
> you
> still.
> best,
> d.
> -- 
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