The major benefit of 64-bit applications is that they no longer have the memory limitation imposed by their 32-bit predecessors. This is why many SAS customers are making the transition from 32-bit SAS to 64-bit SAS. The move to 64-bit SAS can be daunting at first sight. There are many questions which quickly come to mind:
- What are the benefits of 64-bit?
- Will my existing 32-bit data work with 64-bit SAS?
- What problems might I encounter?
Here are some resources which might answer your questions and ease your transition:
Making the decision: benefits of 64-bit
- More than Doubled: Implications of Moving from 32-bit to 64-bit SAS on Windows
- Should you care about 64-bit applications?
- Are 64-bit client applications twice as good as 32-bit applications?
About the data
- Usage Note 24456: When I migrate a file from 32-bit to 64-bit SAS, does the file size change?
- Usage Note 38339: SAS file compatibility when upgrading from 32-bit to 64-bit Microsoft Windows
- Usage Note 38379: In SAS® 9.3, Base SAS data sets are interoperable between Microsoft Windows 64-bit and Microsoft Windows 32-bit operating systems
- Problem Note 52872: SAS® Version 604 data sets cannot be read with 64-bit releases of SAS
Microsoft Office Data (PC Files Server for SAS 9.3 and SAS 9.4)
- Usage Note 43802: Installing SAS® 9.3 PC Files Server and using it to convert 32-bit Microsoft Office files to SAS® 64-bit files
- SAS® 9.4 PC Files Server: Installation and Configuration Guide