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Panasas and ANSYS Boost Engineering Simulation Productivity

ANSYS 12.0 with Panasas Parallel Storage Reduces Turnaround Time by 200+ Percent

FREMONT, Calif. and SOUTHPOINTE, Pa. – May 20, 2009 – Panasas, Inc., the leading provider of high-performance storage for the world’s most performance-intensive applications, and ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, today announced significant performance enhancements in ANSYS® 12.0 software when combined with Panasas’ newest products. The combined solution, using Panasas’ ActiveStor Series 7, 8 and 9, enables the use of a parallel file system for input and output (I/O) of simulation data files. This hardware/software combination overcomes performance bottlenecks related to conventional network attached storage and achieves significantly higher levels of simulation throughput. Customer field testing has demonstrated improvements in turnaround time of more than 200 percent compared to the previous release running on a network file system (NFS). The combination of ANSYS 12.0 and Panasas storage optimizes a company’s engineering resources and helps it leverage Simulation Driven Product Development™.

“Our customers are achieving new levels of productivity using this breakthrough technology, which allows them to successfully deploy simulation on larger-scale computing platforms and to efficiently consider extremely high-fidelity simulations,” said Jim Cashman, president and CEO at ANSYS, Inc. “Data intensity is a key concern for users of simulation, and the Panasas storage solution adds value across the full range of software products from ANSYS.”

Manufacturers increasingly rely on engineering simulation software from ANSYS and high-performance computing to drive innovations in product and process development. ANSYS customers require a computing and storage infrastructure that scales both processing and data transfer. A study conducted by Panasas, ANSYS and the University of Cambridge, which documented the benefits of the new parallel storage solution, found speedup of up to 2.3 times for total job turnaround and increases in data write speed of 39 times. More information on this study is available at

“Users of engineering simulation face ever-growing data bottlenecks that, if not resolved, can quickly reduce productivity to non-competitive levels,” said Stan Posey, director of industry and applications marketing at Panasas. “Working with ANSYS, we are enabling our mutual customers to grow their competitive advantage by achieving faster time to market, improved product quality and lower product development costs.”

“The computer-aided engineering industry continues to accelerate its demand for high performance in application software and cluster computing solutions,” commented Monica Schnitger, president of CAE market analyst Schnitger Corporation. “Panasas provides a storage appliance that is fast, simple to install and maintain, and that drives high-cluster efficiency for even the most demanding CAE requirements. ANSYS leadership in I/O and data management will be a distinct competitive advantage to engineering teams seeking to increase their effective use of simulation technology.”

About ANSYS, Inc.

ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers across a broad spectrum of industries. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost-conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. The Company and its global network of channel partners provide sales, support and training for customers. Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., with more than 60 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ approximately 1,700 people and distribute ANSYS products through a network of channel partners in over 40 countries. Visit for more information.

ANSYS, ANSYS Workbench, Ansoft, AUTODYN, CFX, FLUENT, and any and all ANSYS, Inc. brand, product, service and feature names, logos and slogans are registered trademarks or trademarks of ANSYS, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States or other countries. All other brand, product, service and feature names or trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Panasas

Panasas, Inc., the leading provider of high-performance storage for the world’s most performance-intensive applications, 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 technical computing systems by eliminating the storage bottleneck created with legacy network storage technologies. Panasas ActiveStor Parallel Storage Clusters, in conjunction with the ActiveScale® operating environment and PanFS™ parallel file system, offer the most comprehensive portfolio of storage solutions for technical and high-performance computing environments. Panasas is headquartered in Fremont, California. For more information, please visit

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

About Schnitger Corporation

Schnitger Corp. delivers accurate, conservative market intelligence to developers, sellers and buyers of engineering software. Its strategic discovery process enables informed decisions about product R&D, investment and acquisitions in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), mechanical design (MCAD/MCAM), analysis (CAE) and architectural/engineering/construction (AEC) and process plant design.

Elizabeth Zaborowska


Date: May 20, 2009