Are you interested in data processing speed? How about "real time" speed? If so you need to check out SAS' latest offering, SAS Event Stream Processing (ESP). It's designed from the ground-up for real time speed. It changes the usual paradigm of batch processing to event stream processing with engines that never shut down. To learn more, read this blog post that me (and a few other people) wrote, http://blogs.sas.com/content/sgf/2015/04/30/you-react-so-quickly-do-you-have-esp/.