I am writing in Mathematica on a laptop with an Intel i7 and 16 gigs of RAM. What happens (guessing in general) to the speed of my programs (genomics) if I:
1) Throw $20,000 at the problem and go to a Unix workstation?
2) Run in compiled c rather than Mathematica? (That would make me unhappy!)
For those of you who have been through this yourself, what did you do?
I was thinking that the system would need to be sold (used) about every 2 years with purchase of a new computer to stay at a "sweet spot" on price and performance. Are there companies that will lease with that in mind?