May 2017 UK User Group Report

OK, OK, its been a while and I apologise for the delay in getting this written up (sorry Claire!), so many things have got in the way in my real job!

So the UK meeting this year saw a move from London to Manchester, but still saw a strong following of Spectrum Scale UGers attending. First off, lets talk about the elephant, or rather pillar in the room…. yes the conference venue had THE largest concrete pillars in the space … something to do with it once being a 1970’s office block so I’m told. But we managed, and DDN’s Vic even had some fun with laser pointers and the mirrors mounted on the pillars. Continue reading “May 2017 UK User Group Report”

Spectrum Scale User Group (Australia) Meeting – Perth August 2017

Location: Perth, WA | 12 Burvill Court, The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre
Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (WST)
Friday, August 4th, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (WST) (Meet the Teams)

Registrations for this event are open

Please register and mark it in your calendar!

Many thanks to IBM for supporting this event in Perth.

IBM representatives will be at the meeting to cover various topics, and open dialogue between IBM and customers will be encouraged. As is the culture of the group, no marketing or sales pitches!

The agenda is currently being finalised, but included in the day will be technical presentations by Pawsey on the use of Spectrum Scale for Conductor and from IBM on Hadoop on Spectrum Scale, plus and a general update on Scale, and hopefully other presentations on Data Analytics and Machine Intelligence on Scale.
Please find all the details on the day in the Eventbrite event link above.

There will be networking opportunities to meet with your Australian colleagues. The second day is set aside to allow you to meet with the Pawsey teams in Supercomputing, Data, and Visualisation.

If you have any requests for finer detail on areas you wish to be covered or if you indeed wish to present, please either post to the Spectrum Scale mailing list or feel contact me at or at my organisation email

Spectrum Scale and Spectrum LSF User Meeting at ISC 2017

There is an IBM organized joint IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM Spectrum LSF User Meeting at ISC 2017. Agenda and spirit are similar to user group organized events. The the agenda includes user stories, updates on IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM Spectrum LSF, and access to IBM experts and your peers.

Please join us!

To attend, please email Fabienne.Wegener at so we can have an accurate count of attendees.

Monday June 19, 2016 – 12:00-14:30 – Conference Room Konstant

12:00-12:10  [10 min]  Opening
12:10-12:25  [15 min]  Spectrum Scale Support for Docker – Olaf Weiser (IBM)
12:25-13:05  [40 min]  IBM Spectrum LSF family update – Bill McMillan (IBM)
13:05-13:25  [20 min]  Driving Operational Efficiencies with the IBM Spectrum LSF & Ellexus Mistral – Dr. Rosemary Francis (Ellexus)
13:25-13:40 [15 min] Pawsey Site Report – Chris Schlipalius (Pawsey)
13:40-13:55  [15 min]  IBM Elastic Storage Server (ESS) Update – John Sing (IBM)
13:55-14:20  [25 min]  IBM Spectrum Scale Enhancements for CORAL – Sven Oehme (IBM)
14:20-14:30  [10 min]  Question & Answers

Looking forward to seeing you there!

UK May 2017 User Group: Registration

We’re flattered that we’ve seen some advertising us as the Global Spectrum Scale user group event, and its great that we’re doing well. This year’s event will be bigger than ever with space for up to 200 attendees, we’ve had to move out of IBM Client Centre in South Bank and are heading north to Manchester!

The UK Spring user group will take place over two days on 9th and 10th May 2017 at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel, Manchester. We’d like to thank IBM and our sponsors for supporting the event and the evening networking/social event on the evening of 9th May 2017.

As usual, we will have a packed agenda with speakers from the IBM development teams, user talks as well as technical talks from our sponsors.

The hotel where the event is taking place has reserved a limited number of rooms for the night before the event (8th May) and the night of the event (9th May). The rates are £115 B&B and £145 B&B per room per night respectively and if anyone wishes to book they can call the hotel 0344 879 9088 and quote code OCFP090517 to benefit from these rates. Please ensure you have confirmed your ticket via the registration page before booking your hotel room.

The agenda for the day is a bit further down the page and we are looking for users to do a short presentation on their use of Spectrum Scale/GPFS. Please contact us if you’d like to volunteer. These are often the most valuable talks of the event so please don’t be shy!


We’d very much like to thank the following sponsors for supporting the user group meeting by providing funding to support the evening social event:


Media Sponsor:


Day 1 – 9th May 2017

09:00 – 10:00 Registration & Networking
10:00 – 10:30 Opening & Welcome – Simon Thompson (UG), Michael Daubman (IBM)
10:30 – 11:20 Spectrum Scale Update – Ulf Troppens (IBM)
11:20 – 11:40 ESS Update – Christopher Maestas (IBM)
11:40 – 12:00 Sponsor Talk 1 – Ellexus: Catching rogue jobs before they overload shared storage: an I/O profiling case study – Dr. Rosemary Francis
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch & Networking
13:00 – 13:20 Customer Talk – “The UK Research Data Facility” – Kieran Leach (EPCC)
13:20 – 13:40 Sponsor Talk 2 – DDN: AFM Case Studies – Vic Cornell
13:40 – 14:30 Spectrum Scale Cloud Deployments – Christopher Maestas (IBM)
14:30 – 14:50 Licensing – Carl Zetie (IBM)
14:50 – 15:20 Coffee and Networking
15:20 – 15:40 Sponsor Talk 3 – Arcastream: Automated Data Curation and Discovery with Spectrum Scale and ArcaStream – Jez Tucker & Barry Evans
15:40 – 16:30 Problem Determination – Simon Lorenz (IBM)
16:30 – 17:20 Best Practices – Olaf Weiser (IBM)
17:50 – 18:00 Wrap up
18:00 Finish
19:00 Evening Social Event, drinks and food – Manchester Museum of Science and Industry

Day 2 – 10th May 2017

08:30 – 09:00 Coffee and Networking
09:00 – 10:00 Parallel Breakout/workshop session 1

  • Integration with Spectrum Protect for Backup – Fabian Kulhl (IBM)
  • Docker Support / Update on metadata sizing – Olaf Weiser (IBM), Indulis Bernsteins (IBM)
  • CES Authentication / Spectrum Scale Security (Meet the Devs) – Sandeep Ramesh (IBM)
10:00 – 11:00 Parallel Breakout/workshop session 2

  • Introduction to AFM and Use Cases – Nils Haustein (IBM)
  • Object, SwiftHLM and OpenStack (cloud) – Sandeep Ramesh (IBM), Simon Lorenz (IBM)
  • GUI and REST API (Meet the Devs) – Alexander Wolf (IBM)
11:00 – 12:00 Parallel Breakout/workshop session 3

  • Automation of Storage Services – Nils Haustein (IBM)
  • Container and Virtualisation support (Cloud) – John Lewars (IBM)
  • HDFS Support (Meet the Devs) – Piyush Chaudrhary (IBM)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch & Networking
13:00 – 13:20 Sponsor Talk 4 – Mellanox: RoCE and Spectrum Scale – RDMA support and performance over Ethernet – Darren Harkins
13:20 – 13:40 Customer Talk – AFM Migration – The road to perdition – Mark Roberts (AWE) & Laurence Horrocks-Barlow (OCF)
13:40 – 14:00 Sponsor Talk 5 – Seagate: Accelerating Spectrum Scale with an Intelligent IO Manager – Ray Coetzee
14:00 – 14:20 Customer Talk – TBC
14:20 – 14:50 Coffee and Networking
14:50 – 16:00 Research Topics – Sven Oehme (IBM)
16:00 – 16:30 Wrap-up and feedback – Simon Thompson (UG), Michael Daubman (IBM)
16:30 Finish


To register for this year’s event, please use our EventBrite event page at:

Registration is now open.

Please note that we are currently limiting registrations to 3 per organisation to ensure as many organisations as possible are able to attend and places are strictly limited due to room capacity. We will be operating a wait list, so if you can’t get a ticket now, then we’ll hold details in case they become available nearer the date.

We look forward to seeing you in May!

Save the date! SSUG UK

Please save the date for a two-day user group meeting in Manchester, UK.

Date: Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th May 2017 Venue: Central Manchester, UK

Details of the agenda and for registration will follow here very shortly and via the Spectrum Scale user group mailing list.