Problem 16P

Consider an Ising model of 100 elementary dipoles. Suppose you wish to calculate the partition function for this system, using a computer that can compute one billion terms of the partition function per second. How long must you wait for the answer?

Ch 6 Understanding & assessing Hardware: evaluating your system Your ideal computer o New tech emerge quickly o Things to consider: Speed Moore's Law Predicted computer's capacity will double every few years System components Give you performance you need, compatibility Hard drive storage capacity o Huge number of choices Tablets Ultrabooks Netbooks Tablet PC's Laptops Desktops o Mobility vs processing power Evaluating CPU subsystem o CPU