ATK Selects Panasas To Accelerate Product Design And Simulation

       ATK Selects Panasas To Accelerate Product Design And Simulation

Panasas® ActiveStor™ Parallel Storage Speeds Design and Reduces Cost for
Aerospace Manufacturing Giant

PR Newswire

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 29, 2013

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Panasas, Inc., the leader in
high performance parallel storage for technical computing applications and big
data workloads, today announced that ATK (Alliant Techsystems, Inc.), has
standardized on Panasas® ActiveStor™ to speed innovation and reduce cost in
its demanding research, and product performance simulation processes. ATK is
the world's top producer of rocket propulsion systems and a leading supplier
of military and commercial aircraft structures.

Supported by its high performance computing (HPC) center used by multiple
business units across 12 US locations, ATK's engineers and scientists employ
advanced computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools for a broad range of complex
design and simulation applications. ActiveStor delivers high performance and
massive scalable capacity for ATK's design work flows, including: combustion
modeling, computational fluid dynamics, mechanical design and flight
simulation, all within a single, unified global namespace. Industry-leading
applications from software vendors such as CD-adapco, ANSYS and Simulia are
optimized to seamlessly work with Panasas storage, along with several in-house
and government lab codes.

"It is crucial that ATK engineers use state-of-the art systems in order to
support our research and product design applications at the highest levels of
performance and uptime," said Ramesh Krishnan, senior staff engineer,
engineering process and tools at ATK Aerospace. "Panasas ActiveStor speeds our
design and simulation processes, saving us significant time and money."

The center previously managed its data via a GPFS-based parallel file system,
and while parallel computing ideally suits ATK's demanding storage workloads,
GPFS performance and reliability issues led ATK to explore alternative
parallel architectures when it refreshed its Linux cluster. Because ATK
efficiently manages its large HPC cluster with a small, dedicated support
staff, performance, reliability, ease-of-use and plug-and-play simplicity were
key considerations.

"Panasas balances ease-of-use, extreme performance, scalable capacity and
workload flexibility to deliver an ideal storage solution for commercial HPC
environments like ATK Aerospace," said Barbara Murphy, chief marketing officer
at Panasas. "By shortening time-to-design and eliminating expensive physical
modeling with high fidelity, computer-aided simulation, Panasas customers
realize significant cost benefits. In addition, by delivering a highly
reliable, high-performance storage platform, Panasas ensures that engineers
and scientists can focus on creating value, rather than on cluster

"I love Panasas storage because our users don't even notice it's there," said
Nate Fuhriman, system administrator at ATK. "It's what storage should be –
something you don't have to think about. Regardless of how hard we push it, it
just keeps doing what it's supposed to."

About ATK

ATK Aerospace Group is the world's top producer of solid rocket propulsion
systems and a leading supplier of military and commercial aircraft structures.
It also specializes in small and micro-satellites; satellite components and
subsystems; lightweight space deployables and solar arrays; low-cost, quick to
market launch solutions; flares and decoys; and energetic materials and
related technologies. The group also has extensive experience supporting human
and space payload missions.

ATK Defense Group is an industry leader in ammunition, precision and strike
weapons, missile-warning solutions, and tactical rocket motors across air, sea
and land-based systems. The group is the largest U.S. producer of
small-caliber ammunition, as well as a leading producer of medium- and
large-caliber ammunition and medium-caliber gun systems. ATK Defense Group
develops advanced capabilities for missile-defense interceptors, fuzing and
warheads, weaponized special-mission aircraft, and propulsion/controls. The
group also brings extensive experience and expertise in defense facility
management and modernization.

About Panasas

Panasas, Inc., the leader in high performance parallel storage for technical
computing applications and big data workloads, enables customers to rapidly
solve complex computing problems, speed innovation and accelerate new product
introduction. All Panasas storage products leverage the patented PanFS™
storage operating system to deliver superior performance, data protection,
scalability and manageability. Panasas systems are optimized for demanding
storage environments in the bioscience, energy, finance, government,
manufacturing, and university markets. For more information, visit

©2013 Panasas, Inc. Panasas, the Panasas logo, ActiveStor, and PanFS are
registered trademarks or trademarks of Panasas, Inc. All other trademarks are
property of their respective holders.

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