Solution Performance

SAS* is a world leader in analytics and Artificial Intelligence. SAS Viya* provides a unified, open analytics platform replete with cutting-edge algorithms and AI capabilities. SAS Viya is a cloud-enabled, in-memory analytics engine that provides quick, accurate, and reliable analytical insights.

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Challenges

  • Customers are currently limited by memory capacity, which restricts the volume of datasets that can be stored close to the CPU, thereby limiting the potential to improve query response times. Expanding the memory footprint to overcome this challenge is often cost-prohibitive for customers.

Solution

  • With 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory (Memory Mode), SAS can take advantage of larger available memory capacity per system, while making it a more cost-effective solution for customers.
  • Customers can now keep multiple large datasets used for gradient boosting models in memory, with little to no performance degradation, and at a reduced cost (see chart showing up to 18% performance improvement for a given cost).123

Value

Better performance at similar cost - SAS customers can benefit from improved analytics response times, with better TCO1, and while meeting performance expectations.

Product and Performance Information

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Pricing Guidance as of March 31, 2019 & valid until Jun 29, 2019. Intel does not guarantee any costs or cost reduction. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in your purchase decision.

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SAS® Viya®*; In-memory Analytics: SAS® Viya 3.4 VDMML application. Workload: 3 concurrent logistic regression tasks each running on 400GB datasets. Testing by Intel and SAS completed on February 15, 2019.

BASELINE: 2S Intel® Xeon® Platinum processor 8280, 2.7GHz, 28 cores, turbo, and HT on, BIOS SE5C620.86B.0D.01.0286.011120190816, 1536GB total memory, 24 slots / 64GB / 2666 MT/s / DDR4 LRDIMM, 1x 800GB, Intel® SSD Data Center (Intel® SSD DC) S3710 OS Drive + 1x 1.5TB Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X NVMe* Drive for CAS_DISK_CACHE + 1x 1.5TB Intel® SSD DC P4610 NVMe* Drive for application data, CentOS Linux* 7.6 kernel 4.19.8.

NEW: 2S Intel® Xeon® Platinum processor 8280, 2.7GHz, 28 cores, turbo, and HT on, BIOS SE5C620.86B.0D.01.0286.011120190816, 1536GB Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory configured in Memory Mode(8:1), 12 slots / 128GB / 2666 MT/s, 192GB DRAM, 12 slots / 16GB / 2666 MT/s DDR4 LRDIMM, 1x 800GB, Intel® SSD DC S3710 OS Drive + 1x 1.5TB Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X NVMe* Drive for CAS_DISK_CACHE + 1x 1.5TB Intel® SSD DC P4610 NVMe* Drive for application data, CentOS Linux* 7.6 kernel 4.19.8.

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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 information go to www.intel.com/benchmarks.