Ludicrous Mode:
Converged AI/HPC Storage at GTC 2020

San Jose McEnery Convention Center • March 23-26 • Booth #617


Ludicrous Mode – Extreme Acceleration: A Look at the Future of HPC and AI

Meet Panasas at GTC 2020 to learn about the storage direction for the high-performance data center of the future, where AI and low latency applications converge with traditional HPC workloads. Coined Ludicrous Mode, this NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) layer is added to the 3-tier data placement inside the Panasas PanFS parallel file system to create the most economical approach for addressing large data sets and a wide variety of high-performance workloads.

One-Plus, Not One-Off
A converged AI/HPC infrastructure is the future of AI. Organizations prefer augmenting their existing HPC environment with AI capabilities (“One-Plus”), not wanting to create a redundant, expensive dedicated AI infrastructure (“One-Off”). The lynchpin is a storage platform that can support these disparate data access patterns, high bandwidth and low latency, and deliver high capacity – from a single system, economically. PanFS delivered on the ActiveStor Ultra appliance is that system.

Low Cost: More $ For GPUs
Avoiding unsophisticated, expensive all-flash approaches, Panasas’ multi-tier intelligent data placement architecture economically matches the right type of storage for each type of AI/HPC data:

  • Small files are stored on low-latency flash SSD
  • Large files are stored on low-cost, high-capacity, high-bandwidth HDD

With the lowest cost of any AI/HPC storage solution, more budget can be allocated to vital GPU infrastructure, and less to storage.

Plug & Play Simplicity

  • Dock-to-AI in one day, with a turnkey appliance that streamlines installation.
  • Set-it-and-forget-it storage management automates maintenance and recovery tasks.
  • Minimal staff needed for administration, further lowering operational costs.

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