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By Admin on December 20, 2011
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

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

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...

By Admin on November 28, 2011
Categories: Events

Over ten thousand (more than ever before) supercomputing enthusiasts, professionals, and scientific and technical computing users descended on Seattle last week for the HPC industry’s largest event of the year – Supercomputing 11 (SC11) to share their insights in a range of sessions and events.

Panasas was there in full force with our largest conference footprint ever. We demonstrated Panasas ActiveStor – the world’s fastest HPC storage system, and two partners – CD-adapco and...

By Admin on November 9, 2011

This is part 1 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 virtualization were captured in the following exchange.

Question: The current state of virtualization has rich functions and features for controlling and managing compute resources, and at the same time making progress in integrating with network resources management.  A key question is how much progress has been made and what are the features that are still lacking, or need to...

By Admin on November 1, 2011

Visit us at Supercomputing 2011 (SC11), November 14 - 17, in Seattle, Washington, at the Washington State Convention Center, in booth #1506.

We are planning a lot of informative events for our customers, partners, prospects and the press – most notably, we would like to invite all interested show attendees to the Panasas breakfast; details are below. If you would like to request a meeting with Panasas, please follow the included link. We’ll see you there.

Panasas Award Nominations:

Panasas is pleased to have been nominated for three HPCwire Readers Choice Awards....

By Admin on October 20, 2011

Analyst firm, Intersect360 Research, has released a new white paper, “Solving Big Data Problems with Private Cloud Storage,” in which it describes Panasas as well-positioned to provide storage solutions for HPC private storage clouds. The comprehensive paper explores the challenges that HPC applications face, making public clouds less attractive than private cloud implementations.  HPC big data applications with very high data-to-compute ratios are challenged in a public...

By Geoffrey Noer on October 19, 2011

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.

In the following slidecast I did for InsideHPC, I present some of the history behind scale-out NAS, and discuss how...

By Brent Welch on October 11, 2011

In my last post I talked about how the Panasas parallel file system (PanFS) achieves extreme performance for big data sets. It also provides redundancy without the need for hardware RAID controllers. In the attached video, Garth Gibson, Panasas founder and CTO, digs deep into the specifics of file system RAID and how PanFS delivers redundancy as part of the file system itself. He compares this innovative approach to most other parallel file systems which push...

By Brent Welch on October 7, 2011

In 2008 the first computer broke the petascale barrier, allowing a supercomputer to exceed 1015 operations per second. The Panasas parallel file system was instrumental in accomplishing this major milestone, achieving extreme performance for big data sets. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) built that first petascale system, “Roadrunner,” using the Panasas parallel file system to maximize I/O performance for the most demanding simulations and modeling applications. Roadrunner still remains one of the Top 10 supercomputing systems in...

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