Spectrum Scale (GPFS) User Group GPFS: Meet the Devs #2

The second Meet the GPFS Developers ‘coffee shop’ meet has been announced, ahead of the major GPFS UG meeting on 20th May.

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

Date: 28th April 2015
Time: 10:30 – 15:30
Location: IBM, 3rd Floor, Maybrook House, 40 Blackfriars Street, Manchester M3 2EG

10:30 Introduction discussion
11:30 Beta session 1
12:30 Break for pizza (social chats with wider GPFS dev team in Manchester)
13:30 Beta session 2
14:45 Group discussion and feedback
15:30 End

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please register in advance with Claire Robson, GPFS User Group Secretary via email GPFS UG Secretary

We hope to see you there!

GPFS UG 2015 Announced


We are happy to announce the 2015 GPFS User Group Meeting will be on Wednesday 20th May.

This year we are aligned with SPXXL to enable many of our common members to attend both events easily. Our thanks go to the SPXXL board and IBM GPFS Team who have helped make this happen.

To attend please email Claire Robson, GPFS UG Secretary by 1st May.

Please include your name, job title, organisation, telephone and any dietary requirements so we can register your place.

Places are limited and are stricly first come first served.

The event agenda will follow shortly.


York Racecourse Hospitality
York Racecourse
YO23 1EX
United Kingdom

See you there.

Meet the devs kicks off … am I a GPFS imposter?

This morning I set off from Manchester to London to run my first ‘Meet the Devs’ GPFS User Group session concerned about two things: Firstly, my wife is due for our second child in 5 weeks – let’s hope she doesn’t go into labour whilst I’m a few hours away. Secondly, I felt the fear of being an imposter, accompanied by the adrenaline rush I get when I go on stage and perform. Am I really in a position to have a fruitful meeting with a set of very experienced and capable GPFS users? Am I prepared enough? Am I a GPFS imposter?

Think. Prepare. Rehearse. And breathe.

I suddenly felt a lot better. But, I’m a manager these days and as a result less hands on, I’ve never used GPFS as a real user/administrator and my background is C++ development not in system administrator or architecting solutions.

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GPFS: Meet the Devs

Hello all

Our first Meet the GPFS Developers ‘coffee shop’ meet is in a few weeks.

This is an opportunity to see what the developers are working on and to chat directly with them in a small intimate group. 11 places are available.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Date: 18th February 2015
Time: 11:00 – 14:00
Location: IBM Southbank, London, SE1 9PZ

To attend, please register your interest to the GPFS UG Secretary

Full directions to Southbank will be sent to confirmed attendees.

Object on GPFS

Hello to all. As you might have seen from Jez’s recent post to the mailing list, IBM are hoping to get more involved with the user group in the coming year and part of that will be blogs from developers. This is the first such blog and I’ll be looking at the recently updated red paper for deploying an object store on top of an existing GPFS cluster.

Firstly though a quick introduction. I am a developer in the IBM Manchester Lab and my current role is as an architect for RAS (Reliability, Availability and Servicability), with specific focus on the integration of protocols with GPFS that you should be seeing later this year. In Manchester we have a team of ~10 developers all working towards these future GPFS releases, including James Wormwell, an author on the updated red paper and team lead for the development of the install tool that was made available with the update. Hopefully you should get a chance to meet some of us over the year at the main user group meeting or the various “coffee shop” meetups that we’re hoping to have.

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