Panasas File System

The Most Adaptable Parallel File System.

Panasas File System is an advanced hybrid scale-out parallel file system that scales linearly to maximize aggregate throughput which makes it an ideal choice in advanced computing environments. These systems are easily expanded by their modular approach using storage shelves which will also be extremely easy to maintain.

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Features

Using the Panasas® PanFS® operating environment, the Panasas ActiveStor® architecture utilizes all storage media, smoothly integrating them into maximum performance storage. As the file size and workload changes, PanFS’s Dynamic Data Acceleration technology delivers consistent, superior performance, even when dealing with today’s demanding workloads. While a scaled-out object backend permits unlimited scaling, a balanced internal architecture optimizes data placement. With hassle-free deployment, operation, and maintenance.


Fast Performance That Keeps Pace with Change

In a single seamless system, PanFS Dynamic Data Acceleration technology automates and maximizes the performance of any workload, regardless of its use-case and workload mix.

Object Scalability

Object Storage Devices (OSDs) are used in PanFS to provide parallel file access. ActiveStor storage nodes function as OSDs, while director nodes act as metadata managers. OSD data can be accessed directly through the Panasas DirectFlow® protocol.

Distributed Object Storage

All PanFS data services are built on the ActiveStor storage node OSDs. With Object Storage Device File System (OSDFS), storage nodes transact objects, and read and write operations are performed with DirectFlow protocol. Advanced caching capabilities streamline storage.

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Metadata-Enabled Architecture

PanFS manages metadata across director and storage nodes independently, rather than using shared algorithms like most storage operating systems.

METADATA SCALABILITY

In the PanFS global namespace, additional volumes can easily be created by configuring the namespace into one or more logical volumes.

FILE-LEVEL METADATA

As part of the PanFS platform, files contain several types of metadata, including usual user-visible attributes like size, owner, and modification time.

BLOCK-LEVEL METADATA

The OSDFS software manages block-level metadata with a delayed allocation scheme, which groups data, block pointers, and object descriptors into large write operations.

Streamlined Management, Single Global Namespace

As storage architecture scale-up, so does complexity and management costs. PanFS keeps things simple with a single global namespace that scales easily from one to many ActiveStor units. Additionally, as storage volumes grow, their automated capacity balancing and centralized management features streamline management.

CLUSTER MANAGEMENT

Cluster management software manages configurations, monitors hardware, and supports overall control. Nodes are identified as healthy, failures are handled, and software upgrades are handled.

REALM MANAGEMENT

Realm management software keeps directors fully engaged in workload processing by dynamically and strategically clustering directors in active-active configurations.

PANASAS PANACTIVE MANAGER

Panasas PanActive Manager simplifies initial configuration, monitoring and reporting, and troubleshooting with a user-friendly HTML and command-line interface.

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ActiveStor Ultra

Consistent, Fast Storage Performance that Automatically Adapts to Evolving HPC and AI Workloads

With ActiveStor Ultra and PanFS Dynamic Data Acceleration, tiered HPC storage systems are simplified and automated. Dynamic Data Acceleration integrates diverse storage media into a single seamless storage system to maximize performance. ActiveStor Ultra with PanFS provides the industry’s best price/performance in an appliance that maximizes simplicity, boosts reliability, and has the lowest total cost of ownership. With PanFS, you get the fastest parallel file system at any price point and the most manageable parallel file system ever.

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ActiveStor Prime

Superior Performance, Manageability, and Reliability

The ActiveStor Prime Storage is a hybrid storage system that combines flash drives and helium-based hard drives to provide superior performance for unstructured sequential files and mixed workloads with rapid access to large and small files.

There are 11 blades in each enclosure. The solution’s configuration options range from 11 storage blades to 3 director nodes and 8 storage nodes, all optimized for unique workflows. Director nodes manage file system activity, while storage blades store all file system data and handle 100 percent of data traffic.

ActiveStor Prime Specifications

PER-SHELF
CAPACITY 93 or 285TB
HDD CAPACITY 88 or 264TB
SSD CAPACITY 5.3 or 21TB
DRIVE CONFIGURATION 22 x 3.5” enterprise SATA + 11 x 2.5” SSD
ECC MEMORY (GB OF CACHE)1 176GB
ETHERNET CONNECTIVITY Two switch modules per shelf; uplinks per shelf:
2 x 10GbE SFP/CX4 supporting high-availability link
aggregation with network failover support
INFINIBAND ROUTER CAPABILITY Yes
GLOBAL NAMESPACE
SUITABILITY Mixed workloads: small and large file throughput, IOPS
performance, lowest cost per TB
MAXIMUM SYSTEM CAPACITY2 57PB
MAXIMUM SYSTEM THROUGHPUT2 360GB/s
MAXIMUM SYSTEM IOPS, 4KB FILE, RANDOM READ2 >2,600,000 IOPS