Panasas® ActiveStor™ chosen for JASMIN2, One of Britain's Largest-Ever HPC Storage Deployments

PR Newswire
Tuesday, June 17th 2014

Increases onsite storage to 15PB while continuing to deliver ease of use and affordable performance

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and LONDON, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasas, the leader in hybrid scale-out NAS for technical research and enterprise customers, today announced that it has deployed a significant upgrade to the Panasas® ActiveStor™ installation at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), one of the UK's principal government laboratories.

The JASMIN facility is a "super-data-cluster", providing the UK and European climate and earth-system science communities with an efficient data analysis environment. Panasas ActiveStor 11 was deployed for the first phase of the project in 2011, enabling RAL to further their global climate research capabilities. When the capacity needed to be upgraded to respond to the demand to store increasing amount of climatic data models, RAL opened up the competitive bid for phase 2 of the project. Having proved their reliability, ease of management and quality of support, Panasas secured the storage business for a second time running.

The table below outlines the original JASMIN1 installation on site at RAL, the latest JASMIN2 installation, and the total amount of Panasas storage available on site.  The JASMIN project at RAL is fast becoming the largest HPC storage facility in Great Britain.

 (inc 2012 update)



Onsite Raw Capacity




Onsite Usable Capacity




# Activestor shelves




Number of Hard drives

2,308  3TB Drives

2,030  4TB drives (plus 1,015 SSD's)

5,353 including  1,015 SSD's

After implementing Panasas PanFS 5.5 update across the installation, performance tests were carried out across the JASMIN system as part of the acceptance phase, producing data transfer bandwidth in excess of 140 Gigabytes per second. This is very close to the theoretical maximum, and makes JASMIN one of the fastest, as well as one of the largest, HPC storage deployments in Europe.

"The RAL deployment is particularly impressive due to its sheer size and is our largest single site installation in Europe. It is particularly pleasing to achieve industry-leading performance along with the ease of management and reliability that differentiates us from competitive solutions," said Faye Pairman, president and CEO at Panasas.

For more information on Panasas solutions, visit or meet Panasas in Europe in June at EAGE Booth 3234 (Amsterdam) or ISC'14 Booth 742 (Leipzig).

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