Panasas to build supercomputer for Livermore Lab

FREMONT, Calif., 8 February 2005. Panasas, Inc., today announced that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), a premier applied science laboratory and part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), has selected the Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster in a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP).

Feb 9th, 2005

FREMONT, Calif., 8 February 2005. Panasas, Inc., today announced that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), a premier applied science laboratory and part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), has selected the Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster in a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP).

A Panasas solution using the NFS protocol has been deployed to support several high-performance supercomputers as part of the Livermore Computing program, including Thunder, the number five supercomputer in the world.

The Livermore Computing environment makes extensive use of network- attached storage (NAS) via Network File System (NFS) v3 for home, scratch, project, and system space. The Panasas Storage Cluster was selected to store results data due to its ability to provide a single namespace, large file support, storage and volume management, RAID support and extensive report management. The system deployed seamlessly into the LLNL's existing environment of heterogeneous clients. In addition, the Panasas Storage Cluster is able to provide three gigabytes per second of data throughput, double the RFP request.

"The scientific work done at LLNL has implications for a broad range of scientific disciplines and is an important part of our national security," said Doug East, division leader of the ICCD High Performance Systems Division at LLNL. "We are at the forefront of computational science and must continually provide cutting-edge solutions to advance scientific research."

The Panasas Storage Cluster platform enables customers to break the bottleneck created by legacy network storage technologies. The Panasas Storage Cluster platform combines the Panasas ActiveScale File System with the company's unique object-based storage architecture, enabling unmatched scalability and throughput. The Panasas ActiveScale File System dynamically distributes file activity across multiple Panasas StorageBlades, eliminating the inherent performance and capacity growth bottlenecks of today's monolithic file systems. The integrated HW/SW solution balances network I/O, cache memory and compute power to optimally manage file system activity.

"Both technical and commercial organizations rely on the ability to simulate the world around us to further the efforts of science, innovation and research, or to create a competitive business advantage," said Victor Perez, chief executive officer at Panasas. "The key to advanced simulation is the ability to eliminate the traditional storage bottleneck and enable clusters to fully utilize their compute power."

Panasas, Inc. helps companies accelerate the speed and accuracy of their business decisions, leading to real world breakthroughs that improve people's lives. Panasas enables customers to maximize the benefits of Linux clusters by breaking down the storage bottleneck created by legacy network storage technologies. Through the delivery of the Panasas Storage Cluster platform, which combines industry-standard hardware with the company's ActiveScale File System and professional services, the company has become the established leader in object-based, clustered storage. Panasas' headquarters are in Fremont, Calif. with development facilities in Pittsburgh, Penn. and Houston, Texas. For more information, see www.panasas.com.

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