Why is a solution working on windows and not on a mac (different cycle speeds?)?



  • Is there a differences is the speed at which the cycles are performed on a mac vs. windows. I have been using the steam sync across both platforms and have yet to notice any issues, but I was playing around with other peoples solutions from spacechem.net and they aren't working for me on my mac. One of the solutions mentioned that the cycle output was different on a mac, but I cannot find any documentation or corroborating evidence of such.

    Mainly I have noticed that some of the solutions for the fewest symbols/cycles just don't even work on my mac. I rarely get a chance to use windows so I am not able to directly test this.



  • One possible reason for this is that on assignments with randomized inputs (such as Random Oxides and No Ordinary Headache), the pre-determined random order is different on Macs and Windows, likely due to different random-number-generator implementations. Therefore, if critical molecules like nitrogens show up sooner in the Windows sequence than in the Mac sequence, the solution will run faster on Windows than on a Mac.




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