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Get Parallel – Extreme Performance for Extremely Big Data

Brent Welch

CTO

In 2008 the first computer broke the petascale barrier, allowing a supercomputer to exceed 1015 operations per second. The Panasas parallel file system was instrumental in accomplishing this major milestone, achieving extreme performance for big data sets.

The Benefits of Object RAID

Brent Welch

CTO

Traditional RAID is designed to protect whole disks with block-level redundancy.  An array of disks is treated as a RAID group, or protection domain, that can tolerate one or more failures and still recover a failed disk by the redundancy encoded on other drives.  The RAID recovery requires reading all the surviving blocks on the other disks in the RAID group to recompute blocks lost on the failed disk.  As disks have increased capacity by 40% to 100% per year, their bandwidth has not increased substantially. 

Cloud Computing with Parallel Storage

Barbara Murphy

CMO

Panasas co-founder and CTO, Garth Gibson, talks about the evolution of cloud computing with parallel file systems and high performance storage. He discusses advances in data center manageability with new tools to support a wider range of user needs on different operating systems and on virtual machines. He points out that the notion of the ability of users to manage their own gear better makes cloud computing especially compelling.

Free is Not Always Free – Or, When Compute Clusters Are Held Hostage by Storage

Barbara Murphy

CMO

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Storage comprises about 20% of the available budget in a typical HPC system, with another 20% being spent on software, 20% for services, and 40% on the compute cluster, according to marketing intelligence firm Intersect360 Research Firm (WW HPC Total Market Model).  The majority of system design time and effort is spent validating the performance of the compute cluster, with less attention paid to storage. But not all storage is the same.

The Origin of Panasas

Barbara Murphy

CMO

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Panasas co-founder and CTO, Dr. Garth Gibson, talks about the early days at Panasas and how the company grew to be the premier provider of high performance parallel storage for technical computing applications and big data workloads. Garth discusses the PanFS™ parallel file system, Panasas scale-out NAS appliances, and the future for competing file systems.

Parallelism Goes Mainstream

Barbara Murphy

CMO

A clear sign that parallel computing is starting to go mainstream is that the general press starts to cover the topic.  Recently The Economist ran an article on the need for parallelism for applications that run in multi-core environments – http://www.economist.com/node/18750706

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