The best hardware to build with Swift is not what you think

  By Thom Holwerda - Posted on 2017-03-15 23:22:09 UTC at http://OSNews.com

Some interesting figures from LinkedIn [https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/best-hardware-build-swift-what-you-might-think-jacek-suliga], who benchmark the compiling times of their Swift-based iOS application. You'd think the Mac Pro would deliver the fastest compiles, but as it turns out - that's not quite true.

As you can see, 12-core MacPro is indeed the slowest machine to build our code with Swift, and going from the default 24 jobs setting down to only 5 threads improves compilation time by 23%. Due to this, even a 2-core Mac Mini ($1,399.00) builds faster than the 12-cores Mac Pro ($6,999.00).

As Steven Troughton-Smith notes on [https://twitter.com/stroughtonsmith/status/842150285271285760] Twitter [https://twitter.com/stroughtonsmith/status/842150483066253312] - "People suggested that the Mac Pro is necessary because devs need more cores; maybe we just need better compilers? There's no point even theorizing about a 24-core iMac Pro if a 4-core MBP or mini will beat it at compiling."

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