SSUG at SC’16

Join the Spectrum Scale user group for a meeting at this year’s Supercomputing conference.

Date: Sunday, November 13th 2016

Location: Grand Ballroom Salon F, Salt Lake City Downtown Marriott, 75 SW Temple Street, Salt Lake City UT 84101 (Reception Following: Salon E)


12:30-12:40 Welcome
12:40-12:50 Overview
12:50-13:35 The latest in IBM Spectrum Scale and ESS
13:55-14:20 NASA Goddard: Big Data in HPC
14:20-14:45 Nuance: Tiering to Object Storage
14:45-15:15 – Break –
15:15-15:30 Sponsor Talk: TOPIC TBD (NetApp)
13:35-13:55 Virginia Tech ARC: SANDisk IF150 (IBM DeepFlash 150)
15:30-15:50 NASA Goddard: Monitoring with Grafana and InfluxDB
15:50-16:35 Spectrum Scale Enhancements for CORAL
16:35-17:20 News from IBM Research
17:20-17:30 Closing

[Meeting followed by cocktail reception sponsored by NetApp]

Registration Web Site:

IBM summary page:

Questions? Comments? Please let us know. We hope to see many of you next month.

UK Meet the Devs – Cloud Workshop

Back by popular demand! We are holding a UK ‘Meet the Developers’ event to focus on Cloud topics. We are very lucky to have Dean Hildebrand, Master Inventor, Cloud Storage Software from IBM over in the UK to lead this session.

IS IT FOR ME? Slightly different to the past meet the devs format, this is a cloud workshop aimed at looking how Spectrum Scale fits in the world of cloud. Rather than being a series of presentations and discussions led by IBM, this workshop aims to look at how Spectrum Scale can be used in cloud environments. This will include using Spectrum Scale as an infrastructure tool to power private cloud deployments. We will also look at the challenges of accessing data from cloud deployments and discuss ways in which this might be accomplished.

If you are currently deploying OpenStack on Spectrum Scale, or plan to in the near future, then this workshop is for you. Also if you currently have Spectrum Scale and are wondering how you might get that data into cloud-enabled workloads or are currently doing so, then again you should attend. To ensure that the workshop is focused, numbers are limited and we will initially be limiting to 2 people per organisation/project/site.

WHAT WILL BE DISCUSSED? Our topics for the day will include on-premise (private) clouds, on-premise self-service (public) clouds, off-premise clouds (Amazon etc.) as well as covering technologies including OpenStack, Docker, Kubernetes and security requirements around multi-tenancy. We probably don’t have all the answers for these, but we’d like to understand the requirements and hear people’s ideas. Please let us know what you would like to discuss when you register.

Arrival is from 10:00 with discussion kicking off from 10:30. The agenda is open discussion though we do aim to talk over a number of key topics. We hope to have the ever popular (though usually late!) pizza for lunch.

WHEN Thursday 20th October 2016 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
WHERE IT Services, University of Birmingham – Elms Road Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT
REGISTER Please register for the event in advance: Numbers are limited and we will initially be limiting to 2 people per organisation/project/site.

Spectrum Scale User Group (Australia) Meeting

Venue: Pullman Hotel, Albert Park, Melbourne (in conjunction with eResearch Australia Conference)

Date: Friday 14th October 2016.

To register your place please visit:

Thanks to DDN for supporting this event. 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!


8:30am – 4:30pm
– Introduction by Dr Neil Stringfellow, Executive Director, Pawsey SuperComputing Centre (Perth). – Day overview, OHS matters etc

  • Speakers: IBM – SpectrumScale Roadmap

Upcoming webinar

Join IBM and guest speakers for the second Spectrum Scale webinar ‘A recipe for success: Deployment tips for IBM Spectrum Scale’

Date: 12th July, 12:00 EST

Hosts: Chandra Mukhyala, Douglas O´flaherty


• Bernard Shen from Re-Store

• Matt Forney from Wichita State Ennovar lab

Register now:

To view the first webinar ‘Building A Better Data Ocean: What’s New In IBM Spectrum Scale’ follow the link to download a replay:

Meet the Devs – Oxford

On Feb 24th, the latest iteration of the Spectrum Scale – Meet the Devs took place in Oxford. We met on the Oxford University campus and as always, the meeting was well attended. I had the pleasure of meeting some new members in addition to catching up with a few familiar faces. Simon Thompson, the User Group Chair, introduced three IBMers from the Mainz Germany Lab, Ulf Troppens, Simon Lorenz and Stefan Schmidt. After the introductions by Simon and our hosts from Oxford, we started the meeting.

Ulf Troppens started the meeting off by introducing his German colleagues, and he presented a high-level overview of Spectrum Scale’s history through 4.2.

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