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Date:         Wed, 4 Jan 2006 10:22:45 +1000
Reply-To:     nospam@myplace.UGA.EDU
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         adam <>
Subject:      Re: Q on PC SAS on a notebook.
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On Tue, 3 Jan 2006 18:46:33 -0500, Rickards, Clinton (GE Consumer Finance) wrote:

> Adam, > > Assuming you are running this data on a server now,

Nope. 11gb would run our server close to the red-line. (We're a mainframe organisation by asset and even more so by culture. It's a long story. Don't ask :-) )

> does your company offer VPN access so that you can run your programs on > the same platform from home?

Yes and no. Yes to the VPN, No to LAN/mf access. (My CIO is a nutbag.)

> That way, you won't be moving the data > around and you can go with a lower-end laptop. Assuming you are running > on a desktop PC now, and further assuming it is a reasonably modern (no > more than a couple of years old) "office" PC (as opposed to a very > high-end machine, my experience has been that you will see a significant > increase in your run times (anywhere from 10% - 50% or more) on a > "comparable" laptop. You can mitigate this to some degree by getting as > much memory as you can afford, the fasted processor you can afford, and > perhaps by getting a second hard drive so you can separate some of your > IO. > > I think most of the postings on this agree that you can do it but it > depends on what is "acceptable". You might want to borrow a laptop and > try it first.

Thanks for that Clint. > > Clint > > -----Original Message----- > From: SAS(r) Discussion [mailto:SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf Of adam > Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2006 6:01 PM > To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU > Subject: Re: Q on PC SAS on a notebook. > > > On Tue, 3 Jan 2006 16:09:47 -0500, "Fehd, Ronald J" wrote: > >>> From: adam >>> I've had a trawl through the archives but can't find anything >>> recent re my question so.... >>> >>> Are current notebooks capable of acceptable performance by PC >>> SAS (current version) against a flat file whose raw specs are; >>> >>> a) 45 million records >>> b) 41 variables >>> c) is 11gb in size >> >> Oh, you ate way too much turkey over the holidays: > > We eat seafood in Oz over the Xmas hols. But you're correct on the > principle though. Burp. >> >> * how did you get the data on the machine? > > I haven't. It's a hypothetical. (But see below) > >> * -why- did you get the data on the machine? >> * what did you expect to do with this data? > > To significantly improve my case for working from home. > >> * where are the backups? >> * can you fit this on on -one- CD/DVD? > > Theoretically it will easily fit on a DVD after running a compression > utility against the raw extract. >> >> I actually have no experience in running SAS on a notebook/laptop, >> but sure wouldn't even consider it for the above reaons. > > Errr. You haven't actually given any "reasons" > > > > cheers > Adam

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