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March 2013

By Bill Ribera on March 26, 2013 - 10:01am
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 - 1:26pm
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 ...

By Barbara Murphy on March 12, 2013 - 4:08pm
Categories: pNFS

In late February, Red Hat announced the release of Enterprise Linux 6.4 with pNFS support. This validates the pNFS standard that Panasas and its founder and chief scientist, Dr. Garth Gibson, have long been championing. While the announcement did not receive much fanfare in the press, Red Hat adoption of pNFS is a key advance for the pNFS standard which until now has lacked a mainstream commercial release vehicle. We believe this to be the most important step forward for pNFS since the protocol was first included in the upstream 3.0 Linux kernel in 2011, after years of effort by engineers...

By Brent Welch on March 11, 2013 - 11:45am
Categories: Panasas News

Quality is obviously important for any software product and storage systems have particularly demanding quality requirements.  Customers expect to reliably retrieve the data they store.  Unfortunately, software has bugs, and the consequence of a bug in a storage system ranges from minor inconvenience, to system down time, to corrupted or lost user data.  The recently published paper, "A Study of Linux File System Evolution," by Lu et. al., presented at the FAST'13 Conference, describes...