Panasas and CD-adapco Partner to Advance CAE Productivity

Panasas Parallel Storage Heralds Breakthrough Performance with CD-adapco Software

FREMONT, Calif., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasas, Inc., the global leader in parallel storage solutions for the High Performance Computing market, announced today that it has forged a strategic alliance with Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) market leader CD-adapco. Recent certification of CD-adapco's STAR-CD and STAR-CCM+ Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software on Panasas(R) ActiveStor parallel storage delivers new and significant performance advantages for a broad range of CAE simulations. The industry benefit is faster time to solution, which allows companies and organizations within the automotive, aerospace, turbo machinery, oil and gas, and other industries to be more productive and more profitable.

"The synergy between CD-adapco software and Panasas ActiveStor parallel storage is a prime example of parallel storage delivering tangible benefits to industries that depend on data-intensive CAE applications," said Len Rosenthal, chief marketing officer at Panasas. "The combined solution eliminates performance and scalability bottlenecks and enables engineers and scientists to run larger, more complex models with faster time to results."

The manufacturing market is constantly striving to reduce design cycle times and costs, satisfy global regulations on safety and environmental concerns, and respond to customers who demand high-quality, well-designed products. The use of CAE technology with powerful and cost-effective x86-based computer clusters is critical to address these business challenges, yet I/O requirements of advanced CAE simulations have increasingly become a bottleneck that impedes overall workflow productivity and time to market.

CD-adapco has a parallel I/O scheme in STAR-CD v3.2 that leverages the Panasas PanFS(TM) parallel file system for extended STAR-CD scalability and multi-job throughput. As CFD model sizes grow and cluster core counts are increased, I/O operations must be performed in parallel to realize the full benefits of scalable CFD. Today, CD-adapco and Panasas are in collaboration to deliver similar parallel I/O capability to future releases of STAR-CD and STAR-CCM+.

Scalability of both computation and I/O operations increases productivity by ensuring maximum cluster utilization, because jobs run in parallel allowing more CFD simulations to be completed in less time. Scalable STAR-CD and Panasas parallel storage have been deployed in environments running design applications for power generation, formula-1 motor sports, and automotive internal combustion engines. Panasas storage is also deployed within CD-adapco's own CAE consulting services, an important revenue stream for the company. Panasas is the exclusive storage vendor for their biggest cluster at the Detroit consulting center.

"We are delighted with our Panasas collaboration as it delivers immediate improvements in simulation scalability and workflow efficiency for our customers," said Steve MacDonald, president and co-founder of CD-adapco. "The performance advantages of a Panasas and CD-adapco solution validate our shared commitment to addressing the most demanding CAE simulation requirements. This solution has helped us meet the expanding CAE objectives of our customers."

Additional information on ActiveStor Parallel Storage for STAR-CD can be found at

About Panasas

Panasas, Inc., the global leader in parallel storage solutions, helps commercial, government and academic organizations accelerate their time to results leading to real-world breakthroughs that improve people's lives. Panasas' high-performance storage systems enable customers to maximize the benefits of Linux clusters by eliminating the storage bottleneck created by legacy network storage technologies. The Panasas(R) ActiveStor Parallel Storage Clusters, in conjunction with the ActiveScale(R) Operating Environment and PanFS(TM) parallel file system, offer the most comprehensive portfolio of storage solutions for High Performance Computing (HPC) environments. Panasas is headquartered in Fremont, California. For more information, please visit

About CD-adapco

Founded 27 years ago, CD-adapco is the leading global provider of full-spectrum engineering simulation (CAE) solutions for fluid flow, heat transfer and stress, with principal offices in New York, London and Yokohama and subsidiary offices around the world. STAR-CD and STAR-CCM+ provide the world's most comprehensive CFD solutions, with the STAR-CAD series as an easy-to-use, CAD-embedded front door to the full spectrum of CD-adapco solutions, backed by extensive experience in CAE consulting. CD-adapco's solutions are widely used across many industries, including automotive, aerospace, defense, energy, appliances, buildings, chemical process, electronics, environmental, marine, offshore structures, pharmaceuticals, power generation, rail, turbomachinery and specialized mechanical engineering applications. For more information, please visit

Panasas, ActiveScale, DirectFLOW and PanFS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Panasas, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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