SAS, Sun Claim World Data Processing Record

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-05-17 Print this article Print

Sun and SAS use two servers to process 3.9 terabytes of sustained data throughput in 1 hour.

Sun Microsystems and SAS AG jointly trumpeted May 17 what they described as a "world record for data integration" into a business intelligence warehouse—the extraction, transformation and loading of 3.9 terabytes of sustained data throughput in 1 hour using two servers. The companies utilized a Sun Fire E25K server running 48 1.5GHz UltraSPARC IV+ dual-core processors on the Solaris 10 operating system, a Sun StorEdge file-sharing system and the SAS Enterprise Data Integration Server to process 3.9TB of data in 1 hour—which corresponded to a raw performance of 81.2GB throughput per hour, per CPU.
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The StorageTek 3510FC arrays were used to provide high read/write storage bandwidth and connectivity to multiple host domains, and Solaris 10 OS provided high performance—even at 100 percent system utilization, Sun said. The Sun Fire server can pack up to 72 dual-core UltraSPARC-IV+ processors, 576GB of RAM and 72 I/O channels in a shared memory (SMP) architecture. The hardware partitioning capability of the Sun Fire server—when combined with the Solaris Containers—created a customized compute node used to run the large-scale compute task. In its statement after the performance benchmark, SAS, headquartered in Cary, N.C., claimed its DI server would "outperform any other vendors tools by more than 250 percent," since the previous benchmark had been 1.62TB of data throughput in 1 hour. The demonstration was one in a series of announcements from SAS at its annual European showcase, the SAS Forum International in Geneva, where the company was showcasing its latest software and services, and putting a major emphasis on performance. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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