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By Admin on July 31, 2012
Categories: Exascale

Intel’s recent acquisition of Whamcloud occurred with little media fanfare.  Whamcloud is the main development arm for the open source Lustre file system, and provides support contracts for existing Lustre installations.  On the surface this sounds like an unusual move for Intel, given that it has traditionally maintained a neutral position on file systems and is not in the support business. However, it should be noted that Intel has been keenly interested in parallel file systems for a long time and has published several papers on the use of high performance computing (HPC) and...

By Barbara Murphy on June 28, 2012

I recently attended a panel event at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley ( “The Elephant in the Enterprise: What Role Will Hadoop Play?” certainly packed the house. The panel included users and vendors from Facebook, Cloudera, Oracle, MapR, and Metamarkets, each providing very different perspectives on Hadoop’s readiness for the enterprise. . It was interesting to compare the user perspective “…it is no way ready for primetime,” with the vendor perspective being “…of course it’s ready!”

On the user side, Jay...

By Barbara Murphy on June 11, 2012

Last year I wrote a blog post that showed how the lack of parallelism in computing was a limiter to innovation.  My post was inspired by a technology article I read in the Economist magazine – The Economist continues to be a trend setter, taking on new topics that highlight a revolution in the IT industry.  The May 19th issue takes on a new hot topic with a special report on big data in finance and banking –  ...

By Admin on May 3, 2012
Categories: RAID

Panasas founder and chief scientist, Dr. Garth Gibson, talks about the market trends that led him to develop RAID, in this final installment of our History of RAID series.  Garth drills down into the driving factors of both hardware and software RAID; why hardware RAID led the day at first, and why software RAID dominates the landscape today.  He concludes this series by mapping out the future of data availability and redundancy while clearly asserting that the RAID concepts will be the underpinning of reliable data storage going forward.


By Admin on May 2, 2012
Categories: RAID

Panasas founder and chief scientist, Dr. Garth Gibson, reminisces about his game changing work with RAID in part II of this History of RAID series. He discusses the many technology advances that RAID has fueled since he introduced it in the famous “Berkeley RAID Paper.” He explains that what he and his co-authors were trying to do in the beginning was to make computers faster by making them more parallel. He talks about redundancy and how that important notion evolved. He also outlines the various RAID levels and explains what they mean, how they came about, and the circumstances that made...

By Admin on April 19, 2012

It was recently announced that Panasas co-founder and chief scientist, Dr. Garth Gibson, has won the 2012 Jean-Claude Laprie Award in Dependable Computing for his pioneering work with RAID, including his co-authorship of the influential “Berkeley RAID Paper” – A Case or Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID).

Garth’s groundbreaking paper introduced the concept of RAID, a truly disruptive technology which rapidly became the common configuration paradigm for disks at all but the very low end of the server market.  The...

By Admin on March 26, 2012
Categories: Solid State Storage

There is a lot of excitement in the technology world about the promise of solid state - and it's not just flash. In this video, Panasas co-founder and CTO, Dr. Garth Gibson, discusses future forms of solid state technology and how they might benefit HPC storage.


By Admin on March 13, 2012
Categories: Big Data Solutions

Big data—the use of data to extract business value—is a phenomenon that is here to stay. Dr. Garth Gibson, Panasas co-founder and CTO, describes how big data drives competitive advantage for those organizations that use their data to fuel their design and discovery efforts.  He points out that while big data has traditionally been the backbone of discovery in the national laboratories, it is now spreading to commercial environments in the energy, science, finance, and manufacturing fields, and that what is HPC today will be mainstream technology in short order.



By Admin on March 2, 2012
Categories: Parallel Data Storage

Director of worldwide systems engineering, Rex Tanakit, gives his thoughts on parallel computing's migration to the mainstream in this blog post:

Parallel computing is becoming mainstream in technical computing.    Let me provide you with a few examples.  The Economist magazine ran an article on parallel programming last June,   Its comfortable discussion of parallel programming is a sure indication of the topic’s movement into the mainstream.  A more...

By Geoffrey Noer on February 3, 2012

Intel recently published a case study on a recent cloud deployment at 3M that is worth a read as it is a particularly good example of how Panasas® ActiveStor™ can be profitably used for manufacturing workloads in a private cloud context. SGI is a valued Panasas partner and is in a strong position when it comes to offering a total solution to overcome big data challenges. In 3M’s case, they deployed a fully integrated, policy-driven solution comprised of 52TB of Panasas ActiveStor...