SAS Business Analytics Deployment on IBM POWER8 Processor-Based Systems: With IBM XIV Storage System and IBM FlashSystem

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 13 October 2015, updated 26 October 2015

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ISBN-10: 0738454532
ISBN-13: 9780738454535
IBM Form #: REDP-5288-00
(30 pages)

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Authors: Beth L. Hoffman, Narayana Pattipati


This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the performance tuning guidelines that can help you successfully deploy SAS business analytics on IBM POWER8® processor-based servers. The paper describes the test environment, the testing that was performed, and SAS analytics performance results. The test environment includes the SAS business analytics solution running on an IBM Power System S822 (8284-22A) server with IBM AIX® 7.1 operating system and IBM XIV® Storage System Gen3 with IBM Spectrum™ Scale (formerly IBM GPFS™).

This paper also describes the deployment of SAS analytics on IBM POWER8 processor-based servers with IBM XIV and IBM FlashSystem™ in a hybrid-storage model, along with configuration and tuning guidelines.

Table of contents

SAS analytics deployment on IBM Power servers with XIV storage
Workload and performance metrics details
SAS workload performance results
SAS analytics deployment on IBM Power servers in a hybrid-storage environment
Overall conclusions
Complete list of performance settings
PURR accounting and interpreting performance results

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