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By Geoffrey Noer on December 14, 2013 - 8:00am
Categories: Events, Panasas News

As one of the largest HPC events in the world, the Supercomputing Conference (SC13) draws attendees from a wide variety of industries. We took advantage of the opportunity to meet with many existing and prospective customers in academia, manufacturing, government, life sciences and energy and came away with great feedback about our products and the kinds of technology companies are prioritizing for their big data workloads.

I was very pleased to hear so many compliments from customers about the high quality and reliability of their Panasas ActiveStor systems, something that was made...

By Garth Gibson on November 14, 2013 - 8:00am

Panasas founder and chief scientist, Dr. Garth Gibson, addresses the ‘Ginormous Systems Conference’, organized  by TTI/Vanguard with a talk titled: Disruptive Change in Storage Technologies for Big Data. Garth tackles the evolution from terabytes to petabytes and on to the promise of exascale computing and how NAND flash is changing the rules along the way. Other topics include parallel file systems, object storage and the challenges of working with both very large and very small data sets in unified systems. Watch the entire...

By Bill Ribera on November 5, 2013 - 11:26pm

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.

Integrated into the Panasas PanFS parallel file system, Xeon Phi support enables the coprocessor’s extreme parallel performance to fully leverage our storage for I/O-intensive big data workloads in commercial and high...

By Geoffrey Noer on May 23, 2013 - 10:02pm

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.

The root cause of this...

By Barbara Murphy on May 1, 2013 - 4:35pm
Categories: Object Storage

Panasas has a long history with object storage, starting with Dr. Garth Gibson’s groundbreaking work in the early 1990’s at Carnegie Mellon.  Garth’s work on NASD (Network Attached Secure Disk) became the foundation for the OSD (Object Storage Device) standard and Panasas file system.  He is also credited with being the key inspiration for the Google File System (GFS).  Both file systems are object based storage, but should not be confused with web object storage systems such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Windows Azure.  In fact there are two classes of object...

By Barbara Murphy on April 17, 2013 - 6:04pm
Categories: Big Data

Panasas founder and chief scientist, Dr. Garth Gibson, and Steve Conway, research vice president in IDC's high performance computing group took some time recently to discuss HPC trends and forces affecting storage in the HPC market. The role that big data plays in HPC storage, now and in future scenarios is discussed in this third and final video in this series. Garth and Steve explored Parallel NFS (pNFS) in the first installment; they covered solid state drive (...

By Brent Welch on April 16, 2013 - 7:39pm
Categories: Parallel Storage

Object storage is a generic term that describes an abstract data container and related metadata. The data can be an image, a file, a sensor reading, or whatever an application needs to store. The metadata describes the data, including a useful name for that data, where it came from, when it was created, how long it is valid, and whatever else may be important to the application that creates and uses the data object.

Objects are explicitly created and deleted, which is unlike storage on a block device. In a traditional block storage system, a file system or...

By Bill Ribera on April 4, 2013 - 10:34pm

Calvary Chapel chose Panasas® ActiveStor® 14 to streamline its tapeless digital workflow and accelerate content distribution in order to distribute its teachings to a nationwide congregation.

Previously, with out-of-date infrastructure, Calvary’s video production team suffered performance delays, capacity limitations and file sharing inefficiencies that impacted the organization’s ability to keep up with modern media workloads. Panasas, with reseller partner ReelData, designed a tapeless, digital workflow using Panasas...

By Bill Ribera on March 26, 2013 - 5:01pm
Categories: Parallel Storage

Panasas Director of Channel Sales for EMEA, Derek Burke, points out that pure performance isn’t the only important aspect of an HPC storage solution, especially when it’s tasked with processing multiple technical computing application workloads. Here is what he says… 


Whether Panasas® ActiveStor® is the storage backbone of a departmental HPC system for a specific application domain or for a centralized HPC service for a diverse range of users and applications – ‘performance’ is generally given the highest consideration.

From a compute performance...

By Geoffrey Noer on March 19, 2013 - 8:26pm
Categories: Object RAID, Panasas News, RAID

Happy birthday, RAID!  Twenty-five years ago, in March 1988, Panasas founder and chief scientist, Dr. Garth Gibson, published the paper “A Case for Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID)” with co-authors David Patterson and Randy Katz, inventing a concept that would prove central to the storage industry for decades to come. Congratulations to all three of these storage visionaries!

For those of you who have not yet viewed them, Garth recorded a series of ...