Panasas Upgrades JASMIN Super-Data-Cluster Facility to 20PB

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JASMIN structure and links: The four JASMIN sites (Leeds, Bristol, Reading and RAL), linked by production JANET networks, are shown with blue circles. Remote sites linked by light paths (the national tertiary storage system and super computer in Edinburgh, the Met Office in Exeter, and KNMI in the Netherlands) are shown with red diamonds.

Today Panasas 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 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.

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.”

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.

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.

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