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Panasas & pNFS: Parallel Storage that Maximizes HPC Application Performance

Brent Welch  (Panasas)
Garth Gibson  (Panasas)
Exhibitor Forum Session
Storage Solutions
Wednesday,  04:30PM - 05:00PM
Room 12A/12B
The most significant component of NFS V4.1 is the inclusion of Parallel NFS (pNFS) which represents the first major performance upgrade to NFS in over a decade. pNFS represents the standardization of parallel IO and allows clients to access storage devices directly and in parallel thus eliminating the scalability and performance issues associated with NFS servers deployed today. Panasas has been a leader in the development of the pNFS standard from the very beginning and the architecture was derived from the Panasas DirectFLOW parallel protocol which is a core component of the Panasas PanFS™ parallel file system and ActiveStor Parallel Storage Clusters. This presentation will explain how the use of parallel I/O and storage systems such as Panasas’ ActiveStor Parallel Storage Clusters can greatly accelerate HPC applications and why pNFS will drive the adoption of parallel storage architectures across the industry.
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