Panasas HPC Storage Goes from Fast to Ludicrous Mode at SC19

Curtis Anderson is the Software Architect at Panasas.

In this video from SC19, Curtis Anderson from Panasas announces company’s new the Panasas ActiveStor Ultra appliance. Anderson goes on to offers a sneak peek at the company’s vision 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 PanFS to create the most economical approach for addressing large data sets and a wide variety of high-performance workloads.

At the conference, Panasas announced 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 global security 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.”

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