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 pipelineTBD (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 (IBM)
1513:3013:45ESS UpdatePuneet Chaudhary (IBM)
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 Deckers (Amsterdam UMC Locactie VUmc)
2016:1016:30Sponsor Talk [e8 Storage]: TBCTBD (e8 Storage)
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 / Dinner (Time TBC)Registration and wrist band 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
Frank Kraemer (IBM)
Nils Haustein (IBM)
Cloud Update
Spectrum Scale Support for Container
Harald Seipp (IBM)
Harald Seipp (IBM)
Towards Proactive Service with Call Home
Spectrum Scale Reliability, Availability und Serviceability
Mathias Dietz (IBM)
Mathias Dietz (IBM)
6010:0011:00Spectrum Scale installation and upgrade with Install ToolkitKedar Karmarkar (IBM)
Tiering to tape with Spectrum ArchiveKhanh Ngo (IBM)
Lessons from the fieldKai Korkow (IBM) / Luis Bolinches (IBM) / Olaf Weiser (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]: TBCTBC (OCF)
2015:1015:30Customer Talk - Experience with Spectrum Scale AFMDorigo Alvise (PSI)
2015:3015:50High Performance TierWayne Sawdon (IBM)
1015:5016:00CLOSESimon Thompson (Chair)

If you are interested in speaking at the event or being one of our sponsors, please get in touch!

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


Spectrum Scale UK April 2018 report

That’s a wrap!

Yes, we’ve made it to the end of another successful Spectrum Scale user group! This year has been our most highly attended group with over 110 registrations and around a 90% attendance rate. We had representation from 56 organisations and delegates from 13 countries as well as 29 speakers over 28 sessions. A big thank you goes out to all our IBM, sponsor and user speakers.

For 2018, we headed back to London and the IBM Client Centre London on the South Bank. The client centre team rightly deserve our thanks – where nothing was too much trouble for them. Finding us cables to plug our streaming kit and generally making sure the logistics of the venue were all dealt with.

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UK 2018 User Group Event

The UK user group for 2018 is taking place on 18th & 19th April 2018 at IBM Client Centre, London.

The agenda for the day is listed below. Presentations are linked, where available from the talk title. Videos of the talks are available at in a YouTube playlist.

Wednesday 18th April 2018

10:00 10:30 Opening & welcome Simon Thompson / Claire O’Toole / Ted Hoover
10:30 11:15 Update Scale (video) / ESS / Support (video) Mathias Dietz & Chris Maestas
11:15 11:40 MultiCloud Transparent Cloud Tiering (video) Rob Basham
11:40 12:00 Sponsor Talk E8

Stuart Campbell
12:00 13:00 LUNCH
13:00 13:20 User Talk – EBI and IBM update – MMAP issues (video – both talks) Jordi Valls / Sven Oehme
13:20 13:40 Sponsor Talk NEC

Jan Erik Sundermann
13:40 14:00 Tooling ScaleAutomation  Open Discussion
14:00 14:20 User Talk – Rohde&Schwarz

Oliver Gappa
14:20 14:40 Sponsor Talk – OCF

Laurence Horrocks-Barlow
14:40 15:10 BREAK
15:10 15:30 Sponsor Talk – Ellexus

Ten commandments of good I/O

Dr. Rosemary Francis
15:30 15:50 User Talk – Scientific Computing & Storage at The Francis Crick Institute Michael Holliday
 15:50  16:35 Mixing storage systems in Spectrum Scale – Migrations & pools stories Luis Bolinches
16:35 17:20 Burning Issues Discussion Carl Zetie
17:20 17:30 WRAP UP Simon Thompson / Claire O’Toole

In the evening there is a networking/social event (food + drinks) at a local restaurant. Further details will be provided on the day.

Thursday 19th April 2018

08:30 09:00 ARRIVALS
09:00 10:00 AWS Installation Live Demo & Container Update John Lewars
Composable Infrastructure for Genomics Medicine Workloads Ulf Troppens
GUI capabilities in multi-cluster setups like AFM and cross-cluster mount Markus Rohwedder
10:00 11:00 File System Audit Logging / Running Spectrum Scale in a Vagrant environment Chris Maestas
REST API – Update & Deep Dive in Health Monitoring and Zimon Queries Andreas Koeninger
AFM Deep Dive – Tuning and debugging Venkateswara Puvvada
11:00 12:00 Scale on Z / Mainframe Susanne Wintenberger
Network Flows John Lewars
System Health, Performance Monitoring & Call Home Mathias Dietz
12:00 13:00 LUNCH
13:00 13:20 User Talk – QMUL Peter Childs
13:20 13:40 Sponsor Talk – Lenovo Michael Hennecke
13:40 14:20 The advent of NVMe. What does this mean for Scale? Sven Oehme
14:20 14:50 BREAK
14:50 15:10 User Talk – MAX IV Andreas Mattsson
15:10 15:30 Sponsor Talk – DDN Vic Cornell
15:30 16:30 Cognititive, ML, Hortonworks Yong ZY Zheng
16:30 16:40 CLOSE Simon Thompson / Claire O’Toole

With thanks to our sponsors for their support.

CIUK Event Report

Well that’s it for the user group in 2017! The last event of the year was held as part of Computing Insights UK (CIUK) in Manchester this week. CIUK is a much smaller event that SC or ISC, but its where the user group’s roots are. In fact, the user group on 12th December 2017, was the 7th birthday of the group which held its first meeting (of about 8 people) at MEW (the forerunner of CIUK).

Since then the group has grown, and whilst the CIUK meeting is never as large as the main events, we still had 20-30 attendees.

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