Optimize Your SAS Server Performance: The Basics & Beyond
07/22/2019 by Ken Matz Modernization - Infrastructure
When you think of the performance for an application, it brings to mind different things depending on who in the organization you are asking.
While implementing an analytic solution for the finance department at a company in Stamford, CT, the users asked me if there was anything I could do to reduce the time that the report took to run from 5 seconds to less than 1 second. At first, I thought to myself … geez, the settings on the solution have already been optimized to bring report time down from 30 seconds to 5 seconds. Isn’t that good enough?
Ultimately it doesn’t matter what I think if users want faster times, they don’t want to hear that you’re running out of ideas.
Take a look at some of the considerations that are included in the performance conversation around your enterprise:
At a more detailed level, if you worry about performance as a regular part of your job, you are aware of the common factors that physically limit what you can do to adjust performance:
While these are important considerations, let’s focus on the ones that affect the overall system performance of your SAS analytic applications.
You want to optimize your SAS system performance. The best practice recommendations for SAS 9.4 users have included in the SAS 9.4 Language Reference: Concepts. The general areas that you want to focus on are well covered in the Optimizing System Performance section:
As a SAS Administrator, these options can help significantly if you have not addressed them recently or if you are new to SAS 9.4.
You have been through the system optimization decision tree. You are still not getting what you want in terms of performance and control over your environment. The optimization of your system can only take you so far. At that point, you need to make a few decisions:
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