Introducing SSUG::Digital

We’ve gone digital for a series of Spectrum Scale user group talks! As we’ve had to cancel our in-person events, we’ve been working out how we can do digital content in a way that works for the user group. We’ll be running a series of digital webinars along the lines of the talks we’d normally have at SSUG events hosted by the Spectrum Scale user group people.

During the series we’ll be pulling in the types of talks we’d have at our events and we’re sure you’ll see a number of familiar names and faces in our speaker line-up – as well as some new faces too! We’ve been working hard with IBM to work out the format and content of the events and whilst it might take a few goes to get the format right, we’re hopeful it will work out well.

Each of the events will be hosted by a member of the SSUG committee and we’ll have digital Q&A live during the event. We plan to post the videos on our Youtube channel and post the questions and answers on the user group website along with the slide decks. Anything we can’t answer during the talk, we’ll take away and try and get a response from afterwards!

Anyone can join the SSUG::Digital series using the links on each event page. We know it won’t be the same as the in-person events, but we hope you’ll join in and participate in the on-line series. We hope to run a talk every couple of weeks, but the schedule will be driven a little by how well people engage and speaker availability.

You can find details of all our Expert Talks on the SSUG website.

Due to the tooling we’re using, only the presenter and Q&A panel hosts will be able to speak, but we you can ask questions in the live Q&A chat.

We appreciate as a global group this timing doesn’t work for everyone, but as a lot of the speakers are based in the US and Europe…! And we will be posting the videos of the talks shortly after each session.

Save the date … 2019

We’ve just added the events we have planned so far for 2019, so check them out and pencil them in your diary. All dates so far are published in the events calendar. Please note that dates are currently tentative, once a registration link and agenda are posted, then they are confirmed.
There may be a few more events added to the calendar throughout the year and we always post on the mailing list details of registration.

Spectrum Scale UG @Computing Insight UK Agenda available

The Spectrum Scale user group will be meeting at Computing Insight UK (formerly MEW) in December 2015 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The agenda is now available:

  • 10:00 Welcome & Introductions (Simon Thompson, GPFS UG Chair & Claire O’Toole, GPFS UG Secretary
  • 10:05 – Introducing Spectrum Scale 4.2 (Patrick Byrne, Cameron McAllister & Sarfraz Nadeem, IBM UK labs)
    • GUI demo
    • New features – compression and QoS
    • Where we are heading next with 4.2.1 onwards … problem determination focus
  • 11:00 – How to ruin a perfectly good GPFS file system (Vic Cornell, DDN)
  • 11:20 – The Unique Technical Benefits of an Engineered Solution for GPFS (Chris Weeden, Seagate)
  • 11:40 – Networking, Discussion & Feedback
  • 12:00 – Finish

Please note you must be registered for CIUK to attend this meeting.

Meet the Devs #4

The fourth Meet the GPFS Developers ‘coffee shop’ meet has been announced.

The day will give members the opportunity to meet the developers and get hands on beta exploration and test of unreleased GPFS functions.

Date: 23rd October 2015

Time: 11am-3pm

Location: Room 2009a, Information Services, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Peter Guthrie Tait Road, Edinburgh EH9 3FD

Google maps link:

Agenda: – GUI – 4.2 Updates/show and tell – Open conversation on any areas of interest attendees may have

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please register in advance with Claire O’Toole, GPFS User Group Secretary via email GPFS UG Secretary

We hope to see you there!

GPFS UG Agenda Available

GPFS UG 2015 Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2015 GPFS User Group Meeting agenda for Wednesday 20th May.


10:00 arrival for 10:30 start

  • 10:30 Introductions & Committee Updates – Jez Tucker, Group Chair & Claire Robson, Group Secretary
  • 10:35 Keynote – Doris Conti, Director, Spectrum Scale (GPFS) and HPC SW Product Development
  • 10:50 4.1.1 Roadmap / High-level futures – Scott Fadden
  • 11:40 Failure Events, Recovery & Problem determination – Scott Fadden
  • 12:00 Monitoring IBM Spectrum Scale using IBM Spectrum Control (VSC/TPC) – Christian Bolik
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:00 User Experience from University of Birmingham & CLIMB – Simon Thompson
  • 13:20 User Experience from NERSC – Jason Hick
  • 13:40 AFM & Async DR Use Cases – Shankar Balasubramanian
  • 14:25 mmbackup + TSM Integration – Stefan Bender
  • 15:10 Break
  • 15:25 IBM Spectrum Scale (formerly GPFS) performance update, protocol performance and sizing – Sven Oehme
  • 16:50 Closing summary – Jez Tucker, Group Chair & Claire Robson, Group Secretary
  • 17:00 Ends

All attendees are invited to attend:
19:00 Buffet and drinks at York National Railway Museum


Acomb Suite
York Racecourse Hospitality
York Racecourse
YO23 1EX
United Kingdom

All members must register in advance to attend the meeting. Please email Claire Robson, GPFS UG Secretary with your name, job title, organisation, telephone number and any dietary requirements.