Which Stata is right for me, my computer and my research?
Whether you’re a student or a seasoned research professional, there is a Stata edition designed to suit your needs:

Stata/MP: The fastest edition of Stata (for dualcore, quadcore, and multicore/multiprocessor computers) that can analyse the largest datasets.

Stata/SE: Standard edition; for large datasets

Stata/BE: Basic edition; for midsized datasets
Stata feature  Stata/BE (Basic edition)  Stata/SE (Standard edition)  Stata/MP2  Stata/MP4 

Maximum number of variables  2,048  32,767  120,000  120,000 
Maximum number of independent variable  798  10,998  65,532  65,532 
Maximum number of observations  2.14 billion  2.14 billion  Up to 20 billion  Up to 20 billion 
Multicore support: time to run logistic regression with 5 million observations and 10 covariates  1Core > 10.0 seconds  1Core > 10.0 seconds  2Core > 5.0 seconds  4Core > 2.6 seconds 
Complete suite of statistical features  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Publication quality graphics  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Mata: The matrix programming language  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
64bit version  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Includes withinrelease updates  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Exceptional technical support  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Complete PDF documentation  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Windows, macOS, and Linux  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Memory requirements  1 GB  2 GB  4 GB  4 GB 
Disk space requirements  2 GB  2 GB  2 GB  2 GB 
Exception technical support  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Same licence on platforms  Windows / MacOS / Linux  Windows / MacOS / Linux  Windows / MacOS / Linux  Windows / MacOS / Linux 
Stata/MP is the fastest and largest edition of Stata. Most current computers can take advantage of the advanced multiprocessing of Stata/MP. This includes the Intel i3, i5, i7, i9, Xeon, and Celeron, and AMD multicore chips. On dualcore chips, Stata/MP runs 40% faster overall and 72% faster where it matters, on the timeconsuming estimation commands. With more than two cores or processors, Stata/MP is even faster.
Stata/MP, Stata/SE, and Stata/BE run on any computer with supported operating systems, but Stata/MP runs faster. You can purchase a Stata/MP licence for up to the number of cores on your machine (maximum is 64). For example, if your machine has eight cores, you can purchase a Stata/MP licence for eight cores, four cores, or two cores.
Stata/MP can also analyse more data than any other edition of Stata. Stata/MP can analyse 10 to 20 billion observations given the current largest computers, and is ready to analyse up to 1 trillion observations once computer hardware catches up.
Stata/SE and Stata/BE differ only in the dataset size that each can analyse. They have the same statistical tools, data management and graphics abilities. Stata/SE and Stata/MP can fit models with more independent variables than Stata/BE (up to 10,998). Stata/SE can analyse up to 2 billion observations.
Stata/BE allows datasets with as many as 2,048 variables and 2 billion observations. Stata/BE can have at most 798 independent variables in a model.
All the above Stata editions have the same complete set of features and include PDF documentation.