Panasas ActiveStor Parallel Storage Powers New Computing Center at University of Nebraska Holland Computing Center at the Peter Kiewit Institute Turns to Panasas

Parallel Storage to Tackle Global Challenges and Teach Parallel Programming



    FREMONT, Calif., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasas, Inc., the leader in
 parallel clustered storage solutions for the High Performance Computing
 (HPC) market, today announced that Panasas ActiveStor Parallel Storage was
 installed at the University of Nebraska's new Holland Computing Center,
 located at the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI). Unveiled last week, this new
 1150 node cluster is one of the 50 most powerful computers in the world as
 ranked on the worldwide Top 500 list. The cluster will shortly be upgraded
 to contain over 60 Teraflops of core processing power, allowing it to join
 the prestigious ranks as one of the 20 largest supercomputers in the world
 in 2008.
 
     "We are extremely pleased to have been chosen for this impressive new
 system at the Holland Computing Center." said Victor Perez, CEO of Panasas,
 Inc. "Panasas parallel storage will help the researchers at PKI maximize
 application performance and accelerate their time to results in a broad
 range of disciplines including life sciences, national defense, medical and
 financial analysis."
 
     Panasas participated in the project with other computing industry
 leaders who share the PKI vision for this new supercomputing center,
 including Dell, Cisco and Force10 Networks. The new installation will equip
 computer-science graduates with advanced training in parallel programming
 to meet the demands of today's cutting edge research and enterprise
 computing infrastructures. Panasas executives were on hand at the center
 for the dedication ceremony last week and also presented a grant to the
 University of Nebraska Foundation for their student scholarship fund.
 
     "We see this as a tremendous opportunity to advance the research
 capabilities of the Institute (PKI) to meet the growing and emerging
 demands of the university community as well as those of our business
 partners solving national and global issues," said John Callahan, director
 of technical infrastructure for the Peter Kiewit Institute and co-founder
 of the HCC. "Panasas parallel storage and the PanFS parallel file system
 will bring a level of I/O performance and scalability to our facility that
 will place Holland Computing Center among the most elite in the world."
 
     The award-winning Panasas ActiveStor Parallel storage is an ideal fit
 for this installation because of its unique ability to reliably maximize
 parallel application performance on very large clusters. Linear scaling of
 performance, nearly unlimited growth in capacity and appliance-like
 management are all attributes that have propelled Panasas parallel storage
 to leadership in the high-performance computing industry.
 
     "Dell and Panasas worked closely together on this project. The superior
 performance and cost-effectiveness of the combined solution was exactly
 what the team at PKI required to implement a world-class cluster
 infrastructure," said Kevin Noreen, director of alliances, Dell, Inc. "Our
 partnership and success with Panasas continues to grow as HPC customers
 continue to migrate to parallel storage that is both reliable and
 scalable."
 
     Panasas ActiveStor Parallel Storage with its embedded PanFS(TM)
 parallel file system enables scientists, engineers and researchers to
 dramatically speed up application performance and time to results. A direct
 access path between cluster server nodes and Panasas parallel storage
 eliminates delays that are normal for traditional SAN and NAS products.
 
     About Panasas
 
     Panasas, Inc., the global leader in parallel storage solutions, helps
 commercial, government and academic organizations 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 compute clusters by eliminating the storage bottleneck created
 by legacy network storage technologies. The Panasas(R) ActiveStor Parallel
 Storage Clusters, in conjunction with the ActiveScale(R) Operating
 Environment and PanFS(TM) parallel file system, offer the most
 comprehensive portfolio of storage solutions for High Performance Computing
 (HPC) environments. Panasas is headquartered in Fremont, Calif. For more
 information, please visit www.panasas.com.
 
     Panasas, ActiveScale, DirectFLOW and PanFS are trademarks or registered
 trademarks of Panasas, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their
 respective owners.
 
 
 

SOURCE Panasas, Inc.

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