Intel® Software Tools give SAS* 9.2 a 2.68x performance boost on Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series-based servers

Business analytics have become a fundamental asset for leading enterprises, turning mountains of data from diverse sources into actionable information that drives sound business decisions. SAS is a global leader in this field, helping companies make better decisions by gleaning reliable insights from data about their customers, suppliers, operations, performance and more. The value of these insights depends not only on their validity, but also on how quickly they are obtained. Faster access to high-quality information can be a decisive competitive advantage, enabling companies to respond  more quickly to capitalize on opportunities, address challenges and mitigate risks.
SAS* 9.2 running on the latest Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series-based servers offers breakthrough performance and capability for the core components of the SAS Business Analytics Framework. It provides a high-performance foundation that can help organizations speed time to results for many SAS applications and perform more analyses in the same time-frame to gain additional insights. It is also optimized for 64-bit, multi-core computing, so organizations can handle growing workloads and data volumes more easily.
Intel and SAS have a long history of optimizing SAS software to take advantage of the latest hardware advancements. SAS uses Intel® Compilers and the Intel® Math Kernel Library (Intel® MKL) to produce more efficient and better-optimized code.
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