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White Papers

PanFS 9: Architectural Overview

The New PanFS® with Multi-Layer Security

PanFS meets the challenge of uncompromised performance and security requirements of contemporary HPC and AI/ML workloads.


ActiveStor Ultra: Encryption of Data at Rest

Panasas PanFS Encryption@Rest for Secure HPC and Classified Programs

SED functionality on Panasas® ActiveStor® Ultra offers:

  • Zero performance difference between encrypted and non-encrypted bladesets
  • Instant secure erasure regardless of disk size and amount of data on a drive
  • Fast rotation of drive authentication keys regardless of disk size
  • Preservation of all existing data when Encryption@Rest is enabled or disabled
  • Transparency to client operating systems and applications
  • Standardized processes to enable, disable, and monitor SED capable components


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Terabytes: Image Generators in Life Sciences

Installed infrastructures from the past decade can’t handle today’s image analysis requirements. Current infrastructures were mostly built for next-generation sequencing (NGS), and few could predict advances like these:

  • Cryogenic Electron Microscopy (CryoEM)—Although around since the 1980s, better detector technology and software has recently led to massive usage that generates terabytes of data every day.
  • Lattice Light Sheet (LLS) Microscopy—This relatively new technology enables long timescale, 3D imaging of dynamic biological processes. Like CryoEM, LLS gobbles up storage space.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)—Instead of being mired in manual image analysis, AI and ML let researchers quickly derive insights from the data generated. But AI demands significant processing and storage capacity.

These and other emerging technologies have made it imperative to rethink storage infrastructure. Fortunately, Panasas’ ActiveStor Ultra was engineered to keep you ahead of the curve.

Learn more about these technologies and how mixed workloads will change the way you implement and use HPC storage.


HPC Data Storage Enables Microbiome Research and Understanding of COVID-19 and Other Diseases


Designing Storage for Commercial HPC

There is little doubt that commercial HPC is here to stay and on the rise. The problem is that the storage systems, both from traditional enterprise vendors and traditional HPC vendors fall well short. IT needs an HPC class system that is also enterprise class. That system needs to deliver on the demands of the legacy HPC workload profile and also the new emerging, small file IO profile.

This white paper contain concepts of:

  • Commercial HPC Use Cases
  • HPC as a Service (HPCaaS)
  • Understanding the HPC Architecture
  • Commercial HPC Storage Challenge
  • HPC Storage Challenge
  • Designing Storage for Commercial HPC

Download this white paper to learn how a commercial HPC solution need to take the right attributes to create a single system that is built to last.


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