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Date:         Wed, 22 Sep 2010 19:51:59 -0400
Reply-To:     Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET>
Subject:      Re: Server SAS vs PC SAS, Pros and Cons
Comments: To: dynamicpanel@YAHOO.COM


But are you comparing apples with apples? Is the workstation a multi-core workstation?

Besides the higher cost for the server license what got me to consider going to multiple-core workstations was that so many on SAS-L were reporting faster processing than I was achieving .. and they were all doing it on workstations.

Art --------- On Wed, 22 Sep 2010 19:18:36 -0400, oloolo <dynamicpanel@YAHOO.COM> wrote:

>a difference I observed, but not documented is that some procedures that are >not multi-threaded in PC SAS actually can leverage multi cores in a server >version. > >I tried PROC PRINCOMP to conduct a PCA on a moderate size, 1000-by-1000, >real matrix. When the commands were executed on our server, the CPU time is >larger than real time, which means mutli-threading or multiple cores are >involved in the analysis; but on our workstation which has PC SAS, the real >time is larger than the CPU time, which definitly is single threaded. > >SAS Doc didn't mention PRINCOMP in their list of procedures that can use >multi-threading or multi-cores, however. I guess PROC FACTOR may also be >improved. > >Overall, I am so far satisfied with the server environment for analysis, >comparing to the PC enviornment in my previous company > > >On Tue, 21 Sep 2010 11:07:39 -0400, Ya Huang <ya.huang@AMYLIN.COM> wrote: > >>Hi there, >> >>We are considering to move away from standalone PC SAS to some kind >>of server based SAS. We've done some comparison, but I would like to >>get more input before we make a final decision. Would appreciate any >>comments on why you think server is better or worse, why did you choose to >>move away or stay with PC SAS. Different prospects are welcome, not necessay >>technical concerns. >> >>It would be great if you can also share the basic configuration of >>your server and client. >> >> >>Thanks >> >>Ya

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