on Thu, Jun 05, 2003 at 12:18:16PM -0700, Phil Rack (philrack@MINEQUEST.COM) wrote:
> I was wondering... if I was using a Win2K Workstation with dual processors and
> had two local SAS sessions running, would SAS (or the OS) be smart enough to
> use both processors for each SAS job?
Under an SMP Win2K system, a given thread can run on any available
processor, and if my understanig is correct, may alternate among
available processors if necessary, though its affinitiy is for the
processor it ran on most recently. Whether or not a given SAS process
will span multiple processors depends on SAS's threading model. I'm
not familiar with specifics though the annual SI SUGI Windows presentation
may cover this.
More significantly, you should pop open the Performance Monitor and
watch your system's use of I/O, memory, and processor utilization. I
suspect you'd benefit far more from additional spindles (eg: RAIDed
disk subsystem) than from more processors, unless you're performing CPU
intensive taks (some statistics and IML procedures will do this).
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