Starting a SAS LASR Analytic Server Instance

The following statements create a SAS LASR Analytic Server instance and load it with the simData data set that is used in the preceding examples. The data that are loaded into the LASR Analytic Server persist in memory across procedure boundaries until these data are explicitly deleted or until the server instance is terminated.

proc lasr port=12345
   performance host="" nodes=ALL;

The PORT= option specifies a network port number to use. The PATH= option specifies the directory in which the server and table signature files are to be stored. The specified directory must exist on each machine in the cluster. The DATA= option specifies the name of a data set that is loaded into this LASR Analytic Server instance. (You do not need to specify the DATA= option at this time because you can add tables to the LASR Analytic Server instance at any stage of its life.) For more information about starting and using a LASR Analytic Server, see the SAS LASR Analytic Server: Administration Guide.

The NODES=ALL option in the PERFORMANCE statement specifies that the LASR Analytic Server run on all the nodes on the appliance. You can start a LASR Analytic Server on a subset of the nodes on an appliance, but this might affect whether high-performance analytical procedures can run alongside the LASR Analytic Server. For more information, see the section Alongside-LASR Distributed Execution on a Subset of the Appliance Nodes.

Figure 3.5 shows the Performance Information table, which shows that the LASR procedure executes in distributed mode on 16 nodes.

Figure 3.5: Performance Information

The LASR Procedure

Performance Information
Host Node
Execution Mode Distributed
Grid Mode Symmetric
Number of Compute Nodes 8