UK and World Wide Spectrum Scale User Group Meeting

The UK/World Wide 2019 Spectrum Scale user group is planned to take place on 8th and 9th May, once again overlooking the River Thames at IBM’s South Bank Client Centre.

The draft agenda for the event is posted below and has a mix of IBM, customer and sponsor talks. This year we have a particular focus on AI with Spectrum Scale and it promises to be another great two days.

Thanks to our sponsors, we’re able to run an evening dinner/networking event. We’ll provide more details on this on the day, but make sure you plan to attend our evening event!


Day 1: 8th May:

1510:0010:15Opening & welcomeSimon Thompson (Chair) / Ted Hoover (IBM)
2510:1510:40Spectrum Scale: The past, the present, the futureWayne Sawdon (IBM)
2510:4011:05Accelerating AI workloads with IBM Spectrum ScaleTed Hoover (IBM)
2011:0511:25Sponsor Talk [NVIDIA]: Doing large scale AI faster – scale innovation with multi-node-multi-GPU computing and a scaling data pipelineMiguel Martínez (NVIDIA)
2511:2511:50AI ecosystem and solutions with IBM Spectrum ScalePiyush Chaudhary (IBM)
1011:5012:00Meet the devsUlf Troppens (IBM)
3013:0013:30Spectrum Scale UpdatePuneet Chaudhary
1513:3013:45ESS UpdatePuneet Chaudhary
2013:4514:05Customer Talk - Why Spectrum Scale, a Customer ViewMark Vilensky (Weizmann Institute of Science)
2014:0514:25Sponsor Talk [DDN]: "Optimizing Storage Stacks for AI"Sven Oehme
2014:2514:45Sponsor Talk [Lenovo] - "Storage, Fast and Slow - Lenovo updates from both ends of the storage hierarchy"Michael Hennecke
1515:1515:30Support UpdateKai Korkow (IBM)
2015:3015:50New Storage Options for Spectrum ScaleLuis Bolinches (IBM)
2015:5016:10Customer Talk - Why Spectrum Scale, a Customer ViewPatrick Dekkers (Amsterdam UMC Locactie VUmc)
2016:1016:30Sponsor Talk [e8 Storage]: E8 Shared NVMe for High Performance Spectrum Scale ClustersStuart Campbell (e8 Storage) / Peter Childs (QMUL)
2016:3016:50Sponsor Talk [Mellanox] : Low Latency Ethernet Storage FabricsGadi Godanyan (Mellanox Technologies)
4016:5017:30Meet the Devs - Ask us AnythingAll
1017:3017:40WRAP UPSimon Thompson (Chair)
13518:3022:45User Group Networking / DinnerRegistration and Badge/Lanyard required

During the afternoon, we will also be running a breakout session “Getting Started with Spectrum Scale”. This is intended for newer users of Spectrum Scale and will be run subject to demand.

Day 2: 9th May:

3008:3009:00Spectrum Scale LicensingCarl Zetie (IBM)
6009:0010:00AI at Scale at the example of Autonomous Driving (Beginner)
IBM Aspera Sync for Spectrum Scale
Nils Haustein (IBM)
Cloud Update
Spectrum Scale Support for Container
Harald Seipp (IBM)
Towards Proactive Service with Call Home
Spectrum Scale Reliability, Availability und Serviceability
Mathias Dietz (IBM)
6010:0011:00Spectrum Scale installation and upgrade with Install ToolkitKedar Karmarkar (IBM)
Tiering to tape with Spectrum ArchiveKhanh Ngo (IBM)
Spectrum Scale Watch Folder
Lessons from the field
Olaf Weiser (IBM)
Kai Korkow (IBM) / Luis Bolinches (IBM)
6011:0012:00Overview: Spectrum Scale support for NFS and SMB
Spectrum Scale Best Practices for Snapshots
Ulf Troppens (IBM)
Kedar Karmarkar (IBM)
Spectrum Scale Policy Engine: Introduction and Use CasesNils Haustein (IBM)
Spectrum Scale Network FlowJohn Lewars (IBM)
3013:0013:30Lightning Talks - My favourite/worst Spectrum Scale featureAll - including attendees
3013:3014:00Memory Consumption in Spectrum ScaleJohn Lewars (IBM)
2014:3014:50Customer Talk - Migrating Spectrum Scale Filesystems with minimal downtimeLuke Sudbery (University of Birmingham)
2014:5015:10Sponsor Talk [OCF]: Atempo - Large Filesystem Migration & BackupThomas Ahrens (Atempo)
2015:1015:30Customer Talk - Experience with Spectrum Scale AFMAlvise Dorigo (PSI)
2015:3015:50High Performance TierWayne Sawdon (IBM)
1015:5016:00CLOSESimon Thompson (Chair)

This event is sponsored by IBM, OCF, e8 Storage, Lenovo, DDN Storage, Mellanox Technologies and NVIDIA.


IBM German Spectrum Scale User Meeting

IBM are holding their German Spectrum Scale user group meeting on 28th February and 1st March 2018. In addition, there is also a beginners day on 27th February.

This event is organised by IBM and is typically mostly spoken in German. The agenda and registration details on the on the event registration page. The event will include both IBM presentations as well as customer and business partner speakers.

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!

Spectrum Scale User Meeting – March 8+9 , 2017 – Ehningen, Germany

There is an IBM organized Spectrum Scale User Meeting in Germany. Though, agenda and spirit are very close to the user group organized events. Conference language is German. This is a two-day event. There is an introduction day for Spectrum Scale beginners a day before on March 7.

Please register, if you plan to join:

Introduction day:


Mittwoch – 8. März 2017
09:00-10:00 Anmeldung und Networking
10:00-10:30 Begrüßung
10:30-11:10 Spectrum Scale Update
11:10-11:40 ESS Update
11:40-12:00 Bosch: SAP HANA auf ESS
12:00-13:00 Mittagessen und Networking
13:00-13:25 NEC: Spectrum Scale beim Deutschen Wetterdienst
13:25-13:45 Deutsche Bank: Leistungsoptimierung für Risk Management
13:45-14:05 m.a.x. it: SmartStorage – Software Defined Storage für mixed Workloads
14:05-14:25 DDN: AFM Use Cases
14:25-14:45 DESY: Transparent Cloud Tiering Proof-of-Concept
14:45-15:15 Kaffee und Networking
15:15-15:45 Tape & Spectrum Scale
15:45-16:05 Kundenvortrag: Flexibler Speicher für Spectrum Protect
16:05-16:50 Problem Determination
16:50-17:50 Bericht aus Kundenprojekten
17:50-18:00 Meet the Devs
18:00-20:00 Get Together

Donnerstag – 9. März 2017
08:30-09:00 Kaffee und Networking
09:00-10:00 1. Breakout Session
1) Spectrum Archive und Spectrum Scale ILM (Einführung)
2) Lizensierung und TCOnow
3) GUI und REST API (Meet the Devs)
10:00-11:00 2. Breakout Session
1) Hadoop Integration (Einführung); Immutability (Einführung)
2) Spectrum Protect Integration (Fortgeschrittene)
3) NFS und SMB (Meet the Devs)
11:00-12:00 3. Breakout Session+
1) AFM (Einführung); Einsatz von AFM bei CSI
2) Automation von Storage Services (Fortgeschrittene)
3) Object und SwiftHLM (Meet the Devs)
12:00-13:00 Mittagessen und Networking
13:00-13:25 SVA: Ein Einblick in HPC @ Bosch
13:25-13:45 Mellanox: Warum eigentlich High Speed Interconnect?
13:45-14:05 Lenovo: Distributed Storage Solution (DSS) for Spectrum Scale
14:05-14:30 Kaffee und Networking
14:30-15:30 Bericht von IBM Almaden Storage Research
15:30-16:00 Abschlussdiskussion

Spectrum Storage Sweden User Group Meeting #6

 The Spectrum Storage Sweden User Group Meeting #6 is an IBM hosted event which includes a track on IBM Spectrum Scale. Here is the report which was sent by Mathias Persson Ölander.

For the 6th time we had the opportunity to host a Spectrum Storage User Group meeting in Sweden. It’s the evolution of the classic Tivoli User Group (Spectrum Protect), now including the full Spectrum Storage portfolio (with a focus on Spectrum Virtualize, Spectrum Control, Spectrum Scale and Spectrum Protect). 150+ attendees joined the meeting at IBM on November 16-17th from all of Sweden, a few guys from Norway and our international speakers from every corner of the world including New Zealand.

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