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Panasas DirectFlow

Panasas DirectFlow Protocol for Fast Parallel I/O

The Panasas® DirectFlow® proprietary protocol runs inside each compute client and establishes a parallel input/output (I/O) relationship from the client to the Panasas PanFS® storage operating environment for file read/write. This structure creates higher performance than industry-standard protocols such as Network File System (NFS) and Server Message Block (SMB), avoiding the load-balancing and congestion side effects of these protocols when addressing clustered file systems.

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DirectFlow for Mac

Panasas DirectFlow for Mac delivers breakthrough performance to industries that commonly use the macOS platform, including media and entertainment, life sciences, and education.

With the DirectFlow for Mac protocol, applications that run on Mac clients can

  • Tap the parallel performance benefits of the DirectFlow protocol over Ethernet.
  • Leverage Ethernet’s economic benefits and infrastructure simplicity.
  • Maintain open access to the Panasas ActiveStor® Solution.

Production teams are able to ingest, process, and deliver video in higher resolution and consolidate their workflows under a single global namespace. They can also work alongside other platforms using DirectFlow for Linux clients and other traditional file protocols for other clients.


DirectFlow for Linux

Panasas DirectFlow for Linux provides unmatched performance for Linux clusters of all sizes. It is ideal for the high-performance Linux clusters deployed in nearly 500 technical computing environments such as manufacturing, life sciences, media and entertainment, education, government, energy, and the public sector.

In a large variety of Linux-based computing environments, the DirectFlow protocol delivers more than 10 times the performance increases over workloads using traditional I/O protocols.

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