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PanFS 5.5: Industry Observers Take Note

Faye Pairman

President and CEO

Recently, we announced the release of PanFS 5.5 with enterprise-grade support for Windows-based workloads. I'm pleased to see the industry press take notice by analyzing and sharing our news for their readers, viewers and listeners. So what are people saying about PanFS 5.5? Following are a few highlights you may find of interest:

PanFS 5.5: Delivering Enterprise Grade Windows Support

Geoffrey Noer

Sr. Director of Product Marketing

Enterprise grade Windows support for technical computing? Are you crazy? Everybody in this space runs Linux!

Yes, I know, the compute clusters used for technical research and enterprise workloads pretty much all run Linux. After all, that’s why we originally created DirectFlow® - to maximize aggregate I/O performance and successfully handle thousands of concurrent compute nodes.

ActiveStor Harnesses the Power of Intel® Xeon Phi™ for HPC

Bill Ribera

VP of WW Sales & Field Operations

This is a guest post by: Rex Tanakit, VP of Systems Engineering at Panasas

Our customers asked for Xeon Phi support and we listened. We’re pleased to report that Panasas now supports the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor across our ActiveStor scale-out storage solutions, making Panasas the first storage vendor to unlock the full potential of this powerful technology.

Solving the Compute Client Distribution Problem

Geoffrey Noer

Sr. Director of Product Marketing

Scale-out NAS vendors like to brag about what they’ve done inside their storage architecture to distribute data evenly and allow the performance of their systems to scale as additional storage nodes are added. And at Panasas, we’re no exception.

However, while linear performance scaling inside a storage architecture is indeed critically important, that is only one half of the picture. With many scale-out NAS systems, system administrators frequently run into a serious challenge – how to evenly balance their compute clients across the storage system.

Massive ActiveStor Deployment at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory


Panasas Marketing

With nearly 8.5 petabytes of ActiveStor storage, the Panasas installation at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) represents one of the largest multi-location, high-performance computing (HPC) storage deployments in Great Britain. Panasas ActiveStor gives RAL a solution that offers extreme scalability and simple storage management capabilities so that scientists can focus on important research, not on cumbersome system administration.

SSDs and Parallel Storage, Part III

Geoffrey Noer

Sr. Director of Product Marketing

Now that we’ve talked about Solid State Disk (SSD) technology and what it’s good and not good for, it’s worth talking about how and why SSD technology is used in our new flagship parallel storage solution, ActiveStor 14.

HPC Storage versus Legacy NAS: a Crazy Comparison

Barbara Murphy


Browsing one of my favorite channel-focused magazines, CRN, I read with some amusement the comments of Jay Kidd, senior vice-president of product strategy and development at NetApp. Kidd was highlighting one of the major new features of ONTAP 8.1.1 – the nine-year-long integration of Spinnaker Systems’ clustering capabilities.  “In the past we brought Ethernet storage…to the mainstream,” Kidd said. ”Now we are doing the same with clustering. We’re bringing it from the crazy world of high-performance computing to the world of commercial storage.”

HPC ≠ Complex and Unreliable!

Barbara Murphy


Utah State University (USU) is bucking the trend of many universities who are leveraging the high performance computing (HPC) facilities at national laboratories for research, paying on a per-use basis, rather than maintaining their own HPC centers.  Using national labs could potentially eliminate on-going capital equipment investment along with the associated operating and maintenance expenses, and is a good way to gain experience in HPC.  However, as the system demand grows, the work of planning research around available cycles on other systems brings its own set of challenges.&

Scale-Out NAS for HPC

Geoffrey Noer

Sr. Director of Product Marketing

Over the last ten years, the HPC market has been transformed by the widespread adoption of compute clusters for technical computing workloads, accompanied by high growth rates in the generation of unstructured data. The storage industry has been responding by transitioning NAS architectures from old-school, legacy NAS to modern scale-out NAS approaches. Unsurprisingly, high performance computing has led the way in terms of requiring the most from scale-out products.

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