In a recent post, I hinted at a significant performance improvement in Assura

Our R&D team focused on performance improvements in the 3.2 release, which was shipped last August.  Based on our suite of performance benchmarks, we achieved an overall 10x performance boost.  This comes from two fundamental improvements: an overall 3.5x boost in single processor performance, and an overall 2.8x performance boost from using four CPUs in a multiprocessor configuration. 

Your mileage may vary, of course.  Our test suite includes a variety of designs and processes - LVS testcases as well as DRC.  We typically noticed the most significant performance improvement on large designs that previously ran for many hours. 

This is a maintenance upgrade from the previous release, so there's no risk if you want to download the latest version just to kick the tires.  It will probably save you some time.