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ActiveStor Performance at Scale

  1. 1. Panasas® ActiveStor® Performance at Scale HYBRID SCALE-OUT NAS PANASAS MARKETING
  2. 2. 2 PANASAS OVERVIEW § Scale-out NAS Solutions for Enterprise and Research • ActiveStor appliances in 5th generation • Shipping Since 2004, with 19 patents issued (more pending) § Panasas Management • Storage-focused executive management team • Highly experienced technical team − Dr. Garth Gibson, Founder & Chief Scientist, Author of “Berkeley RAID Paper” § VC Funded • Mohr Davidow, Samsung Ventures, Intel Capital, Focus Ventures, Centennial Ventures Industry Recognition Faye Pairman, Panasas CEO Cloud Project of the Year Public Sector Storage Project of the Year
  3. 3. 3 Life Sciences Genomic Sequencing Computa1onal Chemistry Molecular Modeling BIG DATA: DESIGN & DISCOVER Energy Seismic Processing Reservoir Simula1on Interpreta1on Finance Por=olio Op1miza1on Credit Analysis Risk Analysis Manufacturing EDA Simula1on Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Acous1c Analysis Op1cal Correc1on Structural Mechanics Government Weather Forecas1ng University Materials Science Life Sciences Climate Modeling High Energy Physics Private Clouds Defense Intelligence Media Digital Post-­‐Produc1on Rendering Satellite Imaging Digital Ac1ve Archives
  4. 4. 4 PERFORMANCE = BUSINESS BENEFITS § Higher performance yields faster time-to-results, faster discovery and analysis, more innovation, and deeper insights § Storage is the weak link in the overall performance chain • Exceptional storage performance is necessary to accelerate workflows • Achieving exceptional storage performance at the scale required in technical research and enterprise environments can be a challenge § Legacy NAS systems can often scale capacity, but do not always deliver performance at scale • When workflows take longer to complete, productivity lowers in lock-step § ActiveStor® hybrid scale-out NAS appliance: • Eliminates scalability and performance bottlenecks • Accelerates time-to-results and drives exceptional aggregate mixed-workload performance at scale
  5. 5. 5 PANASAS ACTIVESTOR PLATFORM ActiveStor Appliance § Powered by PanFS storage operating system § 122.4TB per shelf à scales to 12PB § 1.5GB/s per shelf à scales to 150GB/s Director Blade § Metadata access § System management Storage Blade § Parallel data access § Advanced caching Panasas Architecture COMPUTE CLIENTS CPUs = RAID ENGINES PANASAS DIRECTFLOW PARALLEL + SCALABLE PANASAS ACTIVESTOR § Single global namespace § Single system to manage § Seamless scaling with no downtime § Pay as you grow § Linear performance scaling § Fast RAID rebuilds
  6. 6. 6 ARCHITECTURE OVERVIEW Linux/Unix Servers Windows Workstations HPC Linux Clusters High Speed 10Gb or InfiniBand Network NFS DirectFlow® SMB (CIFS) PanFS® Parallel File System ActiveStor® Hardware Platform ActiveStor 11/12 ActiveStor 14 ActiveStor 16
  7. 7. 7 ACTIVESTOR PERFORMANCE § Performance Architecture • Direct data access • Parallel data transfer • Flash acceleration • Linear scalability • Active capacity balancing § Exceptional Aggregate Performance • Small workloads • Large workloads • Mixed workloads § No Hardware RAID Bottlenecks • Client nodes calculate per-file RAID parity • RAID performance scales with the number of clients accessing storage
  8. 8. 8 MULTI-PROTOCOL ACCESS § DirectFlow Maximizes Linux Client Performance • Parallel, direct I/O architecture • Framework for pNFS standard • Director blades scale metadata • Storage blades scale I/O § NFS and SMB (CIFS) Access • Fully supported for heterogeneous client access • Clients automatically balanced across director blades • Enterprise-grade SMB (CIFS) implementation § Networking Flexibility • 10Gb Ethernet • InfiniBand Panasas DirectFlow Data Path
  9. 9. 9 EFFICIENT LINEAR SCALABILITY § Performance does not drop off as performance modules are added • Seamless linear scaling by adding storage and director blades • No performance “brick wall” or need for islands of storage Efficient Scaling = Outstanding TCO at Scale § Effective scaling for multiple protocols (DirectFlow, NFS, and CIFS) § Network resources and bandwidth scale with the system Performance scaling independently verified by ESG: http://performance.panasas.com/wp-esg-web.html
  10. 10. 10 ACTIVESTOR HYBRID TECHNOLOGY FOR MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE § Intelligent Hybrid Architecture • Integrated multi-tier design with cache, SSD Flash, and SATA hard drives • Intelligently managed for maximum performance in relation to cost § Large File Workloads • Cost effective placement of large files on SATA with performance RAID striping for high throughput § Small File Workloads • Small files reside on SSD for high IOPS Flash performance § File Metadata • Resides on SSD for increased file system responsiveness
  11. 11. 11 ACTIVESTOR HYBRID TECHNOLOGY FOR TECHNICAL WORKLOADS § Mixed Workloads Require High Bandwidth and IOPS Performance • Even “large file, throughput workload” data sets consist predominantly of small files § Many Critical File System Tasks Mean Heavy Metadata Workloads • File system directory listings, data replication / backup, object RAID rebuild § Intelligent Blend of SATA + Solid State Drive (SSD) Technology Ideal • SSD is costly per terabyte but very little of it is needed Source: Panasas analysis of file system data sets from customers and prospects (Jan-Oct 2012)
  12. 12. 12 ENTERPRISE-GRADE WINDOWS SUPPORT § First Scale-out NAS Solution for Technical Computing Workflows with Fully Compliant Microsoft® Windows® Support • Commercially licensed SMB protocol • Comprehensive Windows client support • High-fidelity Access Control List (ACL) support (including inheritance) • Capable Active Directory Integration (including trusted domain support) • Simplified manageability (single domain join) § Windows Plays a Significant Role in Many Workflows • Data uploaded from Windows workstation • Data analyzed/simulated on Linux compute cluster • Results inspected/visualized on Windows workstation § Quality Windows Support a Minimum Requirement for True Heterogeneous IT Support • Open source Samba project insufficient • Panasas made the investment to improve its Windows support, starting with PanFS 5.5 (April 2014)
  13. 13. 13 NEW: ACTIVESTOR 16 WITH PANFS 6.0 § ActiveStor 16: Platform for PanFS 6.0 • 50% higher density, leveraging HGST UltraStar® He6 6TB drives • Faster director blade speeds RAID rebuilds • Flash sized for RAID 6+ § PanFS 6.0: RAID 6+ Triple Parity Protection • Per-file, distributed RAID 6+ overcomes limitations of traditional RAID • Reliability increases with scale, not decreases • Extended File System Availability ensures business continuity when other systems would be down • Quickly restore specific files for disaster recovery, not whole file system ActiveStor 16 HGST UltraStar® He6 6TB Drive
  14. 14. 14 ACTIVESTOR 16 PLATFORM § 50% Increase in Density • Hitachi HGST He6 Helium-filled 6TB drive technology • 240GB SSD optimized for RAID 6+ • 122.4TB per 4U shelf § Linear Scalability • Field proven to 12PB and 150GB/s in a single, global namespace − 100 shelves, 2000 HDDs, 1000 SSDs § Improved Director Blade Performance • 19% faster CPU (2.53GHz quad-core) • 4x more cache: 48GB memory • Improves metadata, small file and RAID rebuild performance § Strong at Both Throughput and IOPS • Ideal for large file, small file, and mixed workloads • >13,000 random 4KB file read IOPS per shelf • 1.5 GB/sec per shelf ActiveStor 16 Storage Blade 240GB SSD CPU 8GB Cache 6TB HDD x2
  15. 15. 15 SUMMARY § IT staff in technical research and enterprise environments need high-performance storage that is scalable, reliable, and easily managed § Selecting scale-out storage usually requires compromises • High performance computing file systems deliver performance but compromise on reliability, availability, and ease of management • Enterprise NAS systems deliver high reliability and availability but compromise performance § Panasas ActiveStor delivers a no-compromise solution
  16. 16. 16 PANASAS® ACTIVESTOR® “No Compromise” Hybrid Scale-Out NAS § High Parallel Performance • Direct data access eliminates traditional NAS bottlenecks • Capacity and performance scale linearly to 12PB and 150GB/s • Flash accelerated hybrid architecture § Easy Management • Minimal management effort at scale • Set up or grow capacity in <10 minutes • Single, global namespace § Enterprise-Grade Reliability • Triple parity protection with RAID 6+ • Reliability increases with scale • Extended File System Availability ActiveStor 16
  17. 17. 17 THANK YOU http://www.panasas.com http://www.linkedin.com/company/panasas http://twitter.com/#!/panasas http://www.youtube.com/PanasasHPC

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