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By Barbara Murphy on August 31, 2011 - 6:29pm
Categories: Parallel Storage

Storage comprises about 20% of the available budget in a typical HPC system, with another 20% being spent on software, 20% for services, and 40% on the compute cluster, according to marketing intelligence firm Intersect360 Research Firm (WW HPC Total Market Model).  The majority of system design time and effort is spent validating the performance of the compute cluster, with less attention paid to storage. But not all storage is the same. All too frequently the investment and effort in building the best compute cluster will have yielded disappointing results when storage is not given...

By Barbara Murphy on August 23, 2011 - 4:06pm
Categories: Exascale

Panasas captured headlines in 2008 when Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) deployed Panasas® ActiveStor™ as the primary storage for Roadrunner, the world's first petascale supercomputer. Now, as institutions turn their sights to exascale computing, Panasas co-founder and CTO, Dr. Garth Gibson, explores the storage system capabilities that will be needed to deliver the required 70TB/s bandwidth while meeting the U.S. government’s 2018 target timeframe.

By Geoffrey Noer on August 13, 2011 - 12:06am
Categories: pNFS

It all started more than ten years ago when Panasas founder and CTO, Garth Gibson, realized that there was a strong emerging need for something faster than NFS to satisfy the growing I/O performance requirements of HPC Linux clusters. In 2004, Panasas started shipping its first ActiveStor™ scale-out NAS solution running the PanFS™ storage operating system. Key to the product’s success is the Panasas DirectFlow® protocol, the storage industry’s first...

By Barbara Murphy on July 29, 2011 - 9:45pm
Categories: Parallel Storage

Panasas co-founder and CTO, Dr. Garth Gibson, talks about the early days at Panasas and how the company grew to be the premier provider of high performance parallel storage for technical computing applications and big data workloads. Garth discusses the PanFS™ parallel file system, Panasas scale-out NAS appliances, and the future for competing file systems.

By Barbara Murphy on July 29, 2011 - 7:27pm
Categories: Parallel Storage, pNFS

A clear sign that parallel computing is starting to go mainstream is that the general press starts to cover the topic.  Recently The Economist ran an article on the need for parallelism for applications that run in multi-core environments – http://www.economist.com/node/18750706

The summary point is that few have reaped the benefits of the transition to multi-core technology.   While virtualization has allowed multiple applications to run simultaneously on a single multi-core processor, few applications have fully...

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