- A number of valuable comments were recieved from those who are already using 64 bit technology.
- Performance is outstanding and ROI appears high, especially if you go with GRASS and Linux since these are free.
- Looks like pressure is needed to move the big players, but QT Modeler is already there.
There were a number of valuable comments to the 64 Bit Dilemma post from those who have already jumped in – please be sure to review. In general the comments were very positive with the performance gains being significant and the ROI being high.
Jarlath at the University of Vermont noted that Office 2010 is going to be 64 bit. There were a couple of references to the excellent performance of the 64 bit version of QT Modeler, and a request that the hardware vendors make the move. I will follow up with a few contacts to see where they stand.
I found the the most interesting comments to be from Doug Newcomb at the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He has been processing files as large as 400 GB using 64 bit GRASS running on 64 bit Centos Linux – WOW. And what’s even more impressive, it’s all free software. As I learned the hard way back in the 90’s when I had a business selling the USGS DRG’s, free is hard to compete with.
As Doug points out, if we step out of the Windows/commercial software world, 64 bit is already commonplace.
I would really like to get your feedback on this one.