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

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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* 9.4 application running the 30 session SAS Mixed Analytics workload. OS: CentOS* 7.2 kernel 3.10.0. Testing by Intel and SAS, May 2017.

Baseline: 2x Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2699 v4 @ 2.2 GHz (22 cores), Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology disabled, BIOS: 275.R01.1603300531, 256 GB total memory (16 slots, 16 GB, 2133 MT/s, DDR4), 7x Intel® SSD Data Center S3700 Series (800 GB), 1x Intel® SSD Data Center P3700 Series (2 TB), CentOS 7.2 kernel 3.10.0.

New: 2x Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 processor @ 2.5 GHz (28 cores), Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology disabled, BIOS: 01.00.0412.020920172159, 384 GB total memory (24 slots, 16 GB, 2666 MT/s, DDR4), 4x Intel® SSD Data Center S3700 Series (800 GB), 1x Intel® SSD Data Center P3700 Series (2 TB), CentOS* 7.2 kernel 3.10.0.

New with Intel® Optane™ technology: 2x Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 processor @ 2.5 GHz (28 cores), Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology disabled, BIOS: 01.00.0412.020920172159, 384 GB total memory (24 slots, 16 GB, 2666 MT/s, DDR4), 4x Intel® SSD Data Center S3700 Series (800 GB), 4x Intel® Optane™ SSD Data Center P4800X Series (375 GB), CentOS* 7.2 kernel 3.10.0.

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Benchmark results were obtained prior to implementation of recent software patches and firmware updates intended to address exploits referred to as "Spectre" and "Meltdown". Implementation of these updates may make these results inapplicable to your device or system. 

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit http://www.intel.com/benchmarks.