Saturday, 07th December 2019
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Fastest HPC parallel file system?

Panasas says that its re-engineered PanFS® parallel file system, delivered on the Panasas ActiveStor® Ultra appliance, is now shipping and in early deployment at Sumitomo Metal Mining and the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.

The system is also deployed at a large U.S.-based aerospace manufacturer, at the world’s largest provider of subsurface data to the energy sector and at a U.S.-based globalsecurity and aerospace company. Built for price/performance and engineered for manageability, the new generation of PanFS is integrated with state-of-the art commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware to deliver the fastest parallel file system at any price point.

“When we moved to a large cluster system we decided to deploy a parallel storage solution that delivered operational simplicity in addition to limitless scalability of capacity and performance,” said Toshiki Kishimoto, general manager, Computer-Aided Engineering and Development Dept., Technology Division, Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. “PanFS on ActiveStor Ultra offers us an environment that doesn’t require tuning to maintain peak performance, automates common maintenance and recovery tasks, and in case of questions, we have immediate access to support expertise from highly-qualified storage professionals.”

Unlimited Performance Scaling

The next generation of PanFS on ActiveStor Ultra offers unlimited performance scaling in 4 GB/s building blocks, utilizing multi-tier intelligent data placement to maximize storage performance by placing metadata on low-latency NVMe SSDs, small files on high IOPS SSDs and large files on high-bandwidth HDDs. The system’s balanced node architecture optimizes networking, CPU, memory and storage capacity to prevent hot spots and bottlenecks, ensuring consistently high performance regardless of workload.

“The advanced-research computing infrastructure deployed at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute has used Panasas data storage for more than 12 years,” said James Wilgenbusch, Ph.D., director of research computing, Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota. “Ours is a truly mixed workload environment, and we value the ease and speed with which Panasas handles multi-discipline workloads such as CFD, CAE, computational physics and chemistry, and bioinformatics, to name a few. The new PanFS on ActiveStor Ultra expands on that tradition by delivering an appliance built for unlimited linear performance scalability at a highly attractive price point.”


Frustration-Free Appliance Experience

The new PanFS parallel file system is delivered on Panasas ActiveStor Ultra, a turnkey appliance that provides the extreme performance, enterprise-grade reliability and manageability required to process large and complex datasets. These datasets are associated with HPC workloads and emerging applications such as AI, precision medicine, autonomous driving, and augmented and virtual reality. ActiveStor Ultra goes from dock to data in one day, providing a plug-and-play solution that is easy to install, manage and grow. With ActiveStor Ultra’s modular architecture and building-block design, enterprises can start small and scale linearly by scaling metadata performance, bandwidth and capacity independently and without limitations.

“The re-engineered PanFS returns Panasas to the ranks of top-performing HPC data storage systems on the market, while maintaining the frustration-free storage experience our customers have come to expect and value,” said Faye Pairman, chief executive officer at Panasas. “With the new PanFS on ActiveStor Ultra, our customers can take advantage of the industry’s leading price/performance in a storage appliance that maximizes simplicity, boosts reliability, and delivers the lowest total cost of ownership.”

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