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By Admin on May 2, 2012 - 11:10pm
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 - 4:20pm
Categories: Parallel Storage, RAID

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 - 11:38pm

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 - 3:02pm
Categories: Big Data

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.

 

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By Admin on March 2, 2012 - 7:22pm
Categories: Parallel 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, http://www.economist.com/node/18750706.   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 - 4:19pm
Categories: Big Data, Cloud Computing

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...

By Faye Pairman on December 22, 2011 - 6:52pm

2011 was a year of investing and building for Panasas as we prepared for continued success in the coming year. I want to take the time, before the year winds down to thank our employees, our partners, and most importantly our customers for a great 2011 and in so doing, I would like to remind all of us of some of our 2011 highlights:

In March we moved into our new corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale California and began to immediately execute on our 2011 hiring ...

By Admin on December 20, 2011 - 5:52pm
Categories: Panasas News

As more companies leverage big data to understand and accelerate their business, they realize that traditional enterprise storage technologies do not deliver the performance at scale they now require to remain competitive in their markets. Value added resellers and systems integrators play a vital role in bridging the information gap; ensuring companies have information about latest technologies to address changing business needs, so that companies can stay focused on their core business. Panasas has recognized that these channel partners are critical in educating the enterprise market on...

By Admin on December 12, 2011 - 7:54pm
Categories: Big Data, Events, Exascale

Panasas hosted an event at Supercomputing 2011 (SC11) which featured an august industry panel that discussed “the road to exascale.” The panelists: Panasas founder and CTO, Garth Gibson; Deputy Division Leader, HPC Division at LANL, Gary Grider; Chief Executive Officer and CTO of Instrumental, Inc., Henry Newman; and Addison Snell, Chief Executive Officer of Intersect360 Research,  explored the hard work that is being done to make exascale a reality. They discussed (among other topics):

 How long is the road to exascale? Will the U.S. government’s 2018 exascale target be...

By Admin on December 5, 2011 - 7:06pm

This is part two in a Q&A series with Panasas founder and CTO, Dr. Garth Gibson. He was recently asked by a large storage research center to comment on various HPC storage topics. Garth’s thoughts on solid state technology were captured in the following exchange.

Question: Solid state drives have given a renewed impetus to the development of cache solutions.  Both hardware and software solutions have been introduced to market.  Some examples are Fusion-IO’s IO-cache, LSI’s MegaRAID cache software, Adaptec’s MaxCache, Sanrad’s VXL software.  Of these, the first...

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