YASARA for MacOS 11
With release of the first ARM-based Macs in November 2020, Apple finalized
a development that has been obvious during the years before: their plan
to give up on compute-intensive scientific workloads, and focus on highly
efficient mobile solutions instead.
Our goal to bring you the highest possible performance for Intel/AMD CPUs, which involves
abundant use of SSE/AVX vector instructions in assembly language, makes it
impossible to simply recompile YASARA for ARM-based Macs. Instead, a
considerable amount of porting work is involved.
We evaluated the option to simply fade out YASARA for Mac, but decided against
it. The scenario where a YASARA user does the hard work on a Linux/Windows
machine or on a remote cluster, but wants to look at the results on a MacBook while travelling
is just too common to ignore it. In addition, Apple is working on CPUs with more cores,
that may provide state-of-the-art performance when delivered in a large-enough case
to be combined with the best GPUs from AMD or nVIDIA.
As a consequence, we decided to stick with our approach from 2007, when we set the
YASARA price tag for MacOS 20% higher to finance the unfortunate combination
of a small user base and many technical difficulties below the shiny
surface of MacOS. Since the porting work is large, you will have to use
the built-in Rosetta2 translation (which works fine and fast) for quite some time
if you buy an ARM-based Mac right now, but we are confident that you will
have a native YASARA with full performance in 2021 or 2022.
As before, you get an application that is specifically
tailored to MacOS, including special support for the
MacBook track pad gestures, the Magic Mouse
and multi-monitor configurations.
In addition, there are two ways to avoid the price
- As soon as your summed up contribution to YASARA
development exceeds 1000 EUR (academic) or 5000 EUR
more MacOS price premium will be asked.
- If you help grow the YASARA MacOS user base by
pointing your colleagues to this site, the price premium
removed entirely as soon as there are enough users. The
Windows:Linux:MacOS is 55:33:12 (in 2020, was 51:37:12 in 2016, 49:36:14
in 2014, 47:39:14 in 2011, 51:37:12 in 2009, and 57:41:2
in 2008), and MacOS should reach up to either
Linux or Windows.