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Network Connectivity

Scientific and technical computing applications require highly robust and scalable network connectivity to support the massive throughput demands of high speed compute clusters. Panasas® ActiveStor® delivers high amounts of parallel performance to both Ethernet and InfiniBand networks, the two primary network types deployed in high performance computing environments.


ActiveStor shelves support up to two fully integrated Ethernet switch modules for connectivity to customer Ethernet networks. Two are required with active-active high availability link aggregation to maximize performance. For customers with 10Gb Ethernet switches, each Panasas blade switch supports one 10GbE uplink via either an SFP+ or CX4 port. For 1Gb connectivity, the switch modules also support quad GbE links as an alternative to 10GbE.

Panasas IB Router 2


ActiveStor systems are also an attractive choice for InfiniBand-based network environments. For InfiniBand connectivity, Panasas offers the InfiniBand Router 2 which contains four independent router nodes for up to 6GB/s of total QDR InfiniBand bandwidth per 2U chassis. Performance easily scales by deploying additional routers, matching the InfiniBand Router 2 bandwidth to the throughput capability of the ActiveStor deployment.

Product InfiniBand Router 2
Throughput 6GB/s
Router Modules Up to 4 independent router modules; each boots from flash
InfiniBand I/O Connectivity One 40Gb QDR InfiniBand QSFP port per IB Router module (4 independent InfiniBand ports per chassis)
InfiniBand Driver Software OFED 1.4.2
Ethernet I/O Connectivity Two 10Gb Ethernet SFP+ ports per IB Router module, (8 independent 10Gb Ethernet ports per shelf). Choice of direct attach or optical cables.
Remote Management IPMI 2.0
Power Supply
  • 1+1 redundant, hot-swappable
  • 80Plus Gold certified
  • 1200W: 100–140V, 50–60Hz, 10.5–14.7A
  • 1400W: 180–240V, 50–60Hz, 7.2–9.5A
Environmentals, Operating 50–95° F / 10–35° C, 8–90% relative humidity, non-condensing. Derating applies at altitude.
Max. Weight 85 lb. / 38.6 kg.
Form Factor 2U rackmount
Dimensions (HxWxD) 3.5" x 17.2" x 28.5" / 8.9 cm x 43.7 cm x 72.4 cm