SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Panasas Inc., the leader in performance scale-out network-attached storage (NAS), today announced that the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (SFTC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in the UK has expanded its JASMIN super-data-cluster with an additional 1.6 petabytes (PB) of Panasas ActiveStor® storage, bringing total storage capacity to 20PB. This expansion required the formation of the largest realm of Panasas storage worldwide, which is managed by a single systems administrator. Thousands of users worldwide find, manipulate and analyze data held on JASMIN, which processes an average of 1-3PB of data every day.
STFC and the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) pioneered climate data analysis at petabyte scale with the JASMIN infrastructure. JASMIN is a highly flexible system combining petabytes of high-performance storage with batch and cloud computing over terabit-bandwidth networking to support data analysis at scale for all UK environmental science communities and their worldwide collaborators.
JASMIN underlies many environmental scientific efforts, including the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) global model intercomparison project (CMIP5,6) which feeds into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, and programs such as the Global Surface Displacement Monitoring program, which collects data from space on a global scale to monitor and model earthquakes, volcanoes, tectonics and the retreat of ice.
“We are proud of our long-term partnership with RAL and STFC, and of our ability to facilitate research that protects the lives and livelihood of all who inhabit the planet,” said Faye Pairman, chief executive officer at Panasas. “We remain committed to meeting STFC’s needs for affordable storage solutions that deliver performance, reliability and manageability at any scale, without compromise.”
ActiveStor accelerates workflows and drives time-to-results with an easily-managed storage system that seamlessly scales to immediately contribute more storage capacity and processing power to any number of computing clients across the entire system. ActiveStor is delivered as a fully integrated clustered NAS appliance solution that incorporates flash and SATA storage nodes and combines parallel data flow and direct data access technology to boost performance, increase data availability, and eliminate hotspots in a single namespace environment.
Panasas is the performance scale-out NAS leader for unstructured data, driving industry and research innovation by accelerating workflows and simplifying data management. Panasas ActiveStor appliances leverage the patented PanFS storage operating system and DirectFlow protocol to deliver performance and reliability at scale from an appliance that is as easy to manage as it is fast to deploy. Panasas storage is optimized for the most demanding workloads in life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment, energy, government as well as education environments, and has been deployed in more than 50 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.panasas.com.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is keeping the UK at the forefront of international science and expertise in materials science, space and ground-based astronomy technologies, laser science and microelectronics, tackling some of the most significant challenges facing society such as meeting our future energy needs, monitoring and understanding climate change, and global security. The Council has a broad science portfolio and works with the academic and industrial communities to share its wafer-scale manufacturing, particle and nuclear physics, alternative energy production, radio communications and radar.
STFC operates or hosts world-class experimental facilities in the UK: in addition to hosting JASMIN for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), it hosts the ISIS pulsed neutron source, the Central Laser Facility, and LOFAR, and is also the majority shareholder in Diamond Light Source Ltd.
STFC enables UK researchers to access leading international science facilities by funding membership of international bodies including the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO). STFC is one of seven publicly-funded research councils. It is an independent, non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). http://www.stfc.ac.uk/
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