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Users Experience Faster Job Throughput and Increased System Uptime

Fremont, Calif — June 12, 2008— Panasas, Inc., the global leader in parallel storage solutions, today announced that the University of Cambridge’s High Performance Computing Service (HPCS) is experiencing a significant reduction in the time it takes to complete jobs, as well as increased system uptime. They attribute this boost in performance and productivity to deployment of a Panasas parallel storage system which will allow researchers to complete their projects in less time and will contribute to Cambridge University’s sustained world leadership position as a pre-eminent research and educational institution.

The HPCS provides all departments across the University of Cambridge with centralised, high-performance computing research services. The University maintains a commitment to complement its scientific and engineering expertise with a computing service that meets the demands of twenty-first century simulation and analysis challenges. The HPCS provides a platform for diverse software applications from multiple computing domains including bioinformatics, computational fluid dynamics and computational physics & mathematics. Success of the service is measured tightly in terms of system utilisation and job throughput.

Cambridge has deployed the Panasas ActivStore AS5000 solution with the PanFS™ parallel file system. “It is critical that our centralised service provides the ideal platform for software applications with different compute, memory and storage requirements” said Dr. Paul Calleja, University of Cambridge director of HPC. “The Panasas PanFS parallel file system significantly boosts the performance of applications that take advantage of parallel I/O. Each node on our cluster runs the Panasas DirectFlow® client software and has a physical data path to the storage giving us the flexibility to employ parallel I/O across all nodes for single jobs or many individual jobs performing I/O simultaneously. Our users are enjoying an increased job throughput following the deployment of the Panasas solution”.

The Panasas solution has allowed the HPCS to fulfill its requirements for both performance and data availability with a single solution by providing a highly reliable platform with increased capacity for home directories as well as superior application performance with parallel I/O. “The reliability of the Panasas solution benefits users with increased uptime, and its manageability has allowed us to reduce our administrative overhead,” concluded Dr. Calleja.

“We’re delighted to be working with the University of Cambridge as part of our increased momentum in research institutions across Europe. These leading-edge users are taking advantage of parallel I/O for a broad set of applications such as computational fluid dynamics, computation physics and mathematics. The performance, reliability and manageability advantages of Panasas parallel storage enable research institutions to accelerate time to results and lower storage management costs.” commented Derek Burke, commercial director, Panasas EMEA.


About Panasas

Panasas, Inc., the global leader in parallel storage solutions, helps commercial, government and academic organisations accelerate their time to results leading to real world breakthroughs that improve people’s lives. Panasas’ high-performance storage systems enable customers to maximize the benefits of Linux clusters by eliminating the storage bottleneck created by legacy network storage technologies. The Panasas® ActiveStor Parallel Storage Clusters, in conjunction with the ActiveScale® Operating Environment and PanFS™ parallel file system, offer the most comprehensive portfolio of storage solutions for High Performance Computing (HPC) environments. Panasas is headquartered in Fremont, California, USA. For more information, please visit

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