Asked • 04/19/19

SAS memory usage and sorting?

I'm curious about SAS's use of memory, sorting, and why it seems to be so inefficient. I have a quad core xeon with 8GB ram. I have a 3GB dataset. Why, at any given time during a standard proc sort, is a mere 120MB of ram being used and a meager 15-20% CPU utilization? This seems like something horribly inefficient is going on with the procedure. In my opinion, as I have the available memory, it would load the entire dataset and then proceed to obliterate all available CPU cycles. But only 15%? It's a stunning waste of available resources and bothers me. It seems like it's constantly going back and forth to the disk which is painfully slow. Is there some magical setting that says "SAS, you can utilize everything to go faster" I'm missing? 64bit OS running 64bit SAS, btw.

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