64-bit Background Geoprocessing for Esri Business Analyst

At the 2014 User Conference we demonstrated Business Analyst 64-bit Background Geoprocessing in various presentations and at the Location Analytics island.  The reception was overwhelmingly positive and this functionality has been a huge “want” for users to integrate into their workflows.

The benefits are bountiful, namely:

  1. Productivity (run tasks in the background while continuing your work in ArcMap)
  2. Stability (run as 64-bit tasks separate of your 32-bit ArcMap)
  3. Performance (your large ‘memory hungry’ processes…like Drive Times or Customer Setup or Spatial Overlay won’t tap out at 2 GB, they are free to execute in 64-bit mode)

In turn, we are excited to release the a 64-bit background GP install that enables Business Analyst extension GP tools for versions 10.2.1 and 10.2.2.  Future versions too… although, ArcGIS Pro is based on 64-bit architecture from the start.

As a refresher, ArcGIS Desktop Geoprocessing tools have 64-bit functionality capabilities now via an installation, and we are following on with the Business Analyst tools.  You can download and install the capability and once available you’ll see the separate entry in your Programs and Features…

Utilizing 64-bit Background Geoprocessing is easy.  When in ArcMap, select Geoprocessing > Geoprocessing Options and ensure “Enable” Background Geoprocessing is checked…

After that you can use your Business Analyst Geoprocessing tools like you normally would. There is no discernible difference between 32-bit and 64-bit processes in the actual ArcMap application.  To view a background GP process you can run a task then open the system Task Manager to view it happening.  The example below shows a “RuntimeLocalServer.exe” 64-bit task executing separately from its 32-bit ArcMap counterpart.  Here the 64-bit process has broken off and freed almost a half GB of memory.

Read up on the 64-bit Background Geoprocessing help topics for more detailed information.

And please let us know what you think.

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  1. johnmdye says:

    awesome stuff watson