NOTE - SAS changed the default settings for fastload in SAS9. This has not been an improvement. SAS has documented how to change the setting back to the previous default in their note here... click here
The fastload facility for Teradata through SAS ACCESS is one that every analyst loading data into Teradata should be aware of. This tool allows you to pump data from SAS to Teradata in the quickest manner. The target table must be empty. There are other limitations as well, but most are uncommon problems.
To use the fastload option, follow the example below (SAS9 and above may require more manual settings to see max performance):
data td_lib.empty_table (bulkload=YES);
proc append data=source_table
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