Panassas opens source for its client software

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The move, which will happen this summer, is targeted to advance adoption of pNFS. From the release

Panasas…today announced the source code release of key components of its industry leading parallel file system client software, DirectFLOW®, to accelerate the adoption of Parallel Network File System (pNFS), which is to be released as part of the NFS version 4.1 standard.

…Parallel NFS is a breakthrough technology that will solve storage I/O bottlenecks and accelerate customer deployments of parallel storage solutions. pNFS is a critical part of NFS version 4.1 (NFSv4.1), the first major performance upgrade to the widely deployed NFS in over a decade. Panasas’ DirectFLOW protocol is a precursor to the pNFS standard and provides all of the functionality expected to be available in the protocol when it is formally reviewed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) later this year.