Drive up Performance for Analytics and Risk Management Workloads

Accelerate completion of parallel analytics tasks by up to 2X1 on SAS* 9.4 applications with the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 processor and Intel® Optane™ technology.

SAS* applications provide an integrated environment for predictive and descriptive modeling, data mining, text analytics, forecasting, optimization, simulation, experimental design and more.

Today’s businesses are saturated in data, in myriad forms and from sources of every description. Turning it rapidly and effectively into actionable insights that drive timely decisions is a critical key to success. While the sheer volume and complexity of that data can present daunting challenges, the right infrastructure for both batch and real-time analytics can pave the way to opportunity.

SAS* 9.4 is the basis for the company’s suite of analytics software, which helps access, manage, analyze, and report on data to aid in decision-making. Ongoing co-engineering by SAS and Intel produces complementary building blocks that combine into powerful analytics solution stacks. Businesses across industries use these solution stacks as the basis for applications that turn massive data sets into insight and competitive advantage.

Accelerate Performance for the Evolving Enterprise
In a test environment, Intel performance engineers produced a generation-to-generation speedup of up to 1.57X on two-socket servers based on the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 processor.1 Using local storage accelerated using Intel® Optane™ technology increases the benefit by up to an additional 1.27X, for a total performance increase of up to 2X compared to the previous generation of hardware.1

“Harnessing the power of Intel innovation, SAS customers are using a modernized analytics platform to quickly turn their data into insights and make confident decisions. The new Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor and Intel® Optane™ technology help make analytics faster, easier, and more powerful in cutting-edge areas such as artificial intelligence, IoT, and machine learning.”

Craig Rubendall, Vice President of Platform R&D at SAS

“More capable analytics are giving businesses the ability to innovate on a foundation of insight. By revealing patterns and significance in data, solutions based on SAS and Intel® architecture help decision makers to better understand the past, fine-tune the present, and anticipate the future.”

Lisa Davis, Vice President, and General Manager, IT Modernization Group, Intel

Conclusion
By deriving better business insights, more easily and with larger data sets, customers are using SAS analytics software and Intel architecture to enable a broad spectrum of innovation. Dramatic performance improvements combine with ease of use tailored to business and technical users alike. This combination is a sophisticated means of embracing vast quantities of data and putting it to work, easily and effectively. Based on mainstream SAS and Intel technologies, analytics are positioned to transform business processes across the board.

Product and Performance Information

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SAS Business Analytics*: SAS* 9.4 m4 application running the 30 session SAS* Mixed Analytics workload. OS: RHEL* 7.5 kernel 3.10.0-693.21.1.el7.x86_64. System and kernel patched for Spectre (Variant 1 and Variant 2) and Meltdown (Variant 3) Testing by Intel and SAS June 2018.

BASELINE: 2S Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2699 v4, 2.2GHz, 22 cores, turbo on, HT off, BIOS SE5C610.86B.01.01.0024.021320181901, 256GB total memory, 16 slots / 16GB / 2133 MT/s / DDR4 LRDIMM, 7 x 800GB Intel® SSD Data Center (Intel® SSD DC) S3520 + 1 x 2TB P3700 Intel® SSD Data Center Family for NVMe*, RHEL* 7.5 kernel 3.10.0.

NEW: 2S Intel® Xeon® Platinum processor 8180, 2.5GHz, 28 cores, turbo on, HT off, BIOS SE5C620.86B.00.01.013. 030920180427, 384GB total memory, 24 slots / 16GB / 2666 MT/s / DDR4 LRDIMM, 4 x 800GB Intel® SSD Data Center (Intel® SSD DC) S3520 + 4 x 750GB P4800X Intel® Optane™ SSDs, RHEL* 7.5 kernel 3.10.0.

2 Performance results are based on testing as of June 2018 and may not reflect all publicly available security updates. See configuration disclosure for details. No product can be absolutely secure.