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Powering Data-Intensive Academic Research

Panasas ActiveStor® storage solutions running the PanFS® file system power innovative research in agriculture, astrophysics, bioinformatics, climate research, computational chemistry, genome analysis, geophysics, high energy physics, machine learning, materials science, molecular biology, and beyond. See what Panasas makes possible.

A Long, Rich History of Academic Partnerships

For over two decades, universities and research institutes around the globe have trusted Panasas to deliver next-generation high performance computing (HPC) storage technologies. We have proudly provided reliable, cost-effective, high-performance storage access with unlimited scalability to thousands of researchers at more than a hundred higher education institutions.

Born from the brain power at Carnegie Mellon University’s Parallel Data Lab, the PanFS® parallel file system enables top university HPC facilities to advance their data-intensive research by maximizing HPC cluster application processing. It was designed to provide the unparalleled reliability research teams need to keep their projects on track and to eliminate the management burdens associated with problematic roll-your-own and open-source storage solutions.

World Map of Panasas Academic Research Customers

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University of Wollongong

Stanford University

450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

University of California at Los Angeles

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation

Atkinson Hall, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093

University of Georgia

University of Hawaii

Spalding Hall, 2540 Maile Way, Honolulu, HI 96822

University of Kansas

1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS 66045

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY 40506

University of Maryland Institute for Genome Sciences

670 W Baltimore St 3rd floor, Baltimore, MD 21201

University of Memphis

3720 Alumni Ave, Memphis, TN 38152

University of New Orleans

2000 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA 70148

University of Notre Dame

University of Oklahoma

660 Parrington Oval, Norman, OK 73019

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA 90007

University of Technology, Sydney

15 Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia

University Of Alaska Fairbanks

505 S Chandalar, Fairbanks, AK 99775

University of Tennessee - Joint Institute for Computational Sciences

1520 Middle Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, WI

University of Texas at Dallas

800 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

Utah State University

Logan, UT 84322

Vanderbilt University

2201 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37235

Virginia Tech University

Blacksburg, VA 24061

Wayne State University

University of Pittsburgh

4200 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260


77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

University of Alabama at Birmingham

1720 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35294

UMass Medical School

55 N Lake Ave, Worcester, MA 01655

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75390

The University of Chicago

5801 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

The University of Alabama

801 University Boulevard, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Rice University

6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ 08544

Portland State University

1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK

Northwest University

5520 108th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033

New York University

New York, NY 10012

Minnesota Supercomputing Instittue

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Beaumont Research Institute

3811 W 13 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48073

Boise State University

1910 W University Dr, Boise, ID 83725

Boston College

140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT 84602

California Institute of Technology

1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125

Carnegie Mellon University

5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Case Western Reserve University

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

1 Aerospace Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Emory University

201 Dowman Dr, Atlanta, GA 30322

Florida State University

Georgia Tech University

North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

Harvard Medical School

25 Shattuck St, Boston, MA 02115

Hormel Institute

801 16th Ave NE, Austin, MN 55912

University of Reading

University of Nottingham

Nottingham NG7 2RD, United Kingdom

University of Northampton

Waterside Campus, University Dr, Northampton NN1 5PH, United Kingdom

University of Leicester

University Rd, Leicester LE1 7RH, United Kingdom

National University of Singapore

21 Lower Kent Ridge Rd, Singapore 119077

Uppsala University

752 36 Uppsala, Sweden

ETH - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Ru00e4mistrasse 101, 8092 Zu00fcrich, Switzerland

Universitat Zurich

Ru00e4mistrasse 71, 8006 Zu00fcrich, Switzerland

Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute - University of Manchester

Cranfield University

College Rd, Cranfield, Wharley End, Bedford MK43 0AL, United Kingdom

Durham University

Durham, United Kingdom

Kings College London

Strand, London WC2R 2LS, United Kingdom

Lancaster University

Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YW, United Kingdom

University of Oxford

University College London

Gower St, London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom

University of Bristol

Bristol BS8 1TH, United Kingdom

University of Leeds

Woodhouse, Leeds LS2 9JT, United Kingdom

South Ural State University

Prospekt Lenina, 76, Chelyabinsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia, 454080

St. Petersburg State University

University Embankment, 7/9, St Petersburg, Russia, 199034

Tomsk State University

Lenin Ave, 36, Tomsk, Tomsk Oblast, Russia, 634050

Vladimir State University

Stroiteley Ave, 11, Vladimir, Vladimir Oblast, Russia, 600024

Volgograd State Medical University

Ploshchad' Pavshikh Bortsov, u0434. 1, Volgograd, Volgograd Oblast, Russia, 400131

Irish Centre for High-End Computing

Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2 D02 HP83, Ireland

University of Bari Aldo Moro

Piazza Umberto I, 1, 70121 Bari BA, Italy

University of Pisa, INFN Sezione di Pisa

Largo Bruno Pontecorvo, 3/Edificio C, 56127 Pisa PI, Italy

Nagoya University

Furocho, Chikusa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8601, Japan

The University of Tokyo

7 Chome-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 113-8654, Japan

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Al-Farabi Avenue 71, Almaty 050040, Kazakhstan

Astana University

Beibitshilik St 49/A, Astana 010000, Kazakhstan

Texas A&M University at Qatar

Education City Student Center, Doha, Qatar

Belgorod State University

Ulitsa Pobedy, 85, Belgorod, Belgorod Oblast, Russia, 308015

Moscow State University

Ulitsa Kolmogorova, 1, Moscow, Russia, 119991

Moscow University of Civil Engineering

Yaroslavskoye Hwy, 26, Moscow, Russia, 129337

Novosibirskiy State University

Novosibirsk, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia, 630090

Garvin Institute of Medical Research

Queensland University of Technology

2 George St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

University of Melbourne

Parkville VIC 3010, Australia

University of Queensland

St Lucia QLD 4072, Australia

University of Brazil

Av. Pedro Calmon, 550 - Cidade Universitu00e1ria da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 21941-901, Brazil

University of British Columbia - BC Children's Hospital

Beijing Normal University

19 Xinwai Ave, Beitaipingzhuang, Haidian District, Beijing, China, 100875

China University of Petroleum

FG62+W6F, Ji'nan Rd, Dongying District, Dongying, Shandong, China, 257099

The University of Hong Kong

Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

University of Aarhus

Nordre Ringgade 1, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Centre de Calcul. Universite de Bourgogne

Maison de l'Universitu00e9, Esp. Erasme, 21078 Dijon, France

University of Lausanne

1015 Lausanne, Switzerland


60 Bd Saint-Michel, 75272 Paris, France

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY

Notkestrau00dfe 85, 22607 Hamburg, Germany

Max Planck Institute, Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems

Sandtorstrau00dfe, 39106 Magdeburg, Germany

Ruhr Universitat Bochum, ICAMS

ICFW, Universitu00e4tsstrau00dfe 150, 44801 Bochum, Germany

TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Universitat Bayreuth

Universitu00e4tsstrau00dfe 30, 95447 Bayreuth, Germany

University of Cologne

Albertus-Magnus-Platz, 50923 Ku00f6ln, Germany

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Uncomplicated Storage for the Most Complex Projects

Small IT teams, multiple research groups, lean budgets, massive datasets, mixed workloads – these cease to be problems with Panasas as your data foundation.

Increase productivity and enable groundbreaking insights with simple to manage, scalable, high-performance storage. Panasas solutions offer the flexibility for scratch-only or consolidated scratch, home directories, and project storage with single-tier mixed workload performance to support the requirements of growing numbers of academic researchers. With thousands of users requiring constant large-scale, high-throughput data access, low-touch administration makes the solutions affordable and the life of the administrator easy.

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Unparalleled Uptime

Academic HPC facilities choose PanFS for its built-in prevention and automated failure recovery logic, which ensure the highest of uptimes for their community of researchers.


With hundreds of research groups working on a multitude of data-intensive projects, the single-tier PanFS architecture is ideal for mixed file size workloads and storage consolidation projects.

Low-Touch Administration

Limited IT staff and budget constraints call for a reliable, cost-effective, and especially easy-to-manage high-performance storage platform for frustration-free monitoring and performance management.

Why Academic Institutions Partner with Panasas

Here’s what some of our academic partners have to say about working with us.

“The Panasas partnership gives us access to the kind of high-performance technology that is critical to tackle an increasing variety of sophisticated uses cases with MSI’s ‘Agate’ cluster. This long-term partnership has provided our researchers with the top-flight technology and technical support they need.”

Dr. Jim Wilgenbusch

Director of Research Computing at UMN



“This will allow us to accelerate workloads and store important data for our various research projects. We’re going to get really fast access to files, to the active layer. This collaboration between two very high-value players coming together in true partnership will support Australian science in general, and more specifically, the University’s role in furthering our understanding in these important areas of science.”

Dr. James Bouwer

Director of Cryo-EM at Molecular Horizons, University of Wollongong


“With Panasas ActiveStor, researchers save time since they no longer have to move or copy data files before they can process them. They gain productivity since there are no more HPC bottlenecks to access the storage system. Bandwidth is four to five times higher than before.”

Gregory Sainte-Luce

IT Manager at the Materials Research Center, MINES ParisTec


“While most of the world sees research in microbiology being made in flasks or tubes, a lot of modern methods generate immense amounts of data that require powerful storage such as Panasas ActiveStor.”

Dr. Sandrine Miller-Montgomery

Executive Director of the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation


“The Panasas user interface and intuitiveness exceeds those [EMC Isilon and Dell Compellent storage tools] products. Once I assign the students to their storage resources, ActiveStor is pretty much hands off for me for the rest of the semester.”

Jeff Smith

Systems Administrator and Architect, ATEC at the University of Texas at Dallas


“We tried other storage solutions with parallel file systems in the past. Some were just not worth the continued investment. Users complained about slow response times and the file systems were a hassle manage. The Panasas file system just works.”

Sharon Brunett

Senior Scientist at Caltech Center for Advanced Computing Research (CACR)


Academic Research References

Many academic research projects, papers, and publications have used and cited Panasas. The following is a list of some of those projects.

Notre Dame University

Tovar et al. (2022, Feb). Dynamic Task Shaping for High Throughput Data Analysis Applications in High Energy Physics. IPDPS 2022.

Stanford University

Jia et al (2018, May 2). Isometry: A Path-Based Distributed Data Transfer System. ICS’18.

Warsaw University of Technology

Pomeran et al. (2019, Sep). Tentative oblique subduction high resolution models, lead to reducing costs of HPCC usage. Balkan Geophysical Society.

Harvard University

Hermann et al. (2018, Nov 2). Implementing the DICOM Standard for Digital Pathology. Journal of Pathology Informatics.