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ActiveStor supports Xeon Phi

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Panasas now supports the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor across its ActiveStor scale-out storage solutions, and the company claims that this makes Panasas the first storage vendor to unlock the full potential of the Xeon Phi.

Integrated into the Panasas PanFS parallel file system, Xeon Phi support applies the coprocessor’s parallel performance to I/O-intensive big data workloads in commercial and high-performance computing (HPC) environments.

With integrated Xeon Phi support, PanFS can now route I/O requests directly to the coprocessor, providing applications running on the coprocessor direct access to storage, dramatically accelerating application I/O performance when compared to other file systems. Panasas customers can download Panasas DirectFlow clients for the embedded BusyBox Linux distribution used by Xeon Phi coprocessors via the Panasas customer portal.