Spectrum Scale user group meeting @SC19

Start your SC19 experience off with the Spectrum Scale User Group! We’ll be hosting our yearly gathering on Sunday November 17, from 9:30-6:00 PM. This global user-led meeting provides an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and interaction with IBM’s technical leadership team on the latest IBM Spectrum Scale roadmaps, latest features, ecosystem, licensing, and applications for AI.

This is a free event, but registration in advance is required: www.ibm.com/events/2019/SC19_BC

IBM Spectrum Scale User Group Meeting
Sunday, November 17, 2019

9:30 am – 12:00
The morning session is dedicated to new and potential users of IBM Spectrum Scale. Experienced users and technical leaders will host an introductory session featuring key use cases, basic concepts and an interactive Q&A.

12:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The afternoon session is the  main user group meeting. Topics include recent enhancements, product strategy and AI ecosystems. Client and partner presenters will present details of their deployment or their solutions. This year’s agenda will also feature lightning talks on user-generated topics. A cocktail reception will follow the main agenda at 6 pm to continue the discussion.

See you in Denver!

Draft agenda

09:3009:45New users: Welcome
09:4510:15New users: Spectrum Scale use casesUlf Troppens (IBM)
10:1511:15New users: Spectrum Scale concepts and features Tomer Perry (IBM)
11:1511:45New users: Q&AAll
11:4512:30Lunch breakn/a
12:3012:45WelcomeKristy Kallback-Rose & Bob Oesterlin (User Group) / Amy Hirst (IBM)
12:4513:05Spectrum Scale & ESS updateChris Maestas (IBM)
13:0513:25Evolving a campus wide research storage capture, analysis and management strategyJake Carrol (University of Queensland)
13:2513:40Starfish Storage Zones: Enabling Users to Manage their Own Storage (Partner Talk)Jacob Famer (Starfish)
13:4014:00AI ecosystems and solutions with Spectrum Scale (update)Piyush Chaudhary (IBM)
14:0014:15It’s the network again (even on Windows): A turorial on how to use nsdperf to pinpoint complex networking issues (Sponsor Talk)Michael Hennecke (Lenovo)
14:1514:45Spectrum Scale Erasure Code Edition (ECE)Nikhil Khandelwal (IBM) / Olaf Weiser (IBM)
14:4515:15Coffee breakn/a
15:1515:45Lightning talksSimon Thompson (Moderator)
15:4516:00Tip the Scale in your favor: How an IBM “Full Stack” Partner can help (Sponsor Talk)Chris Bogan (Mark III)
16:0016:15Fastest File Servers in Public CloudPinkesh Valdria (Oracle Cloud)
16:1516:35Spectrum Scale strategy updateTed Hoover (IBM) / Wayne Sawdon (IBM)
16:3516:55A Review of Spectrum Scale Migrations and Challenges at St. JudeWill Schmied (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital)
16:5517:15Spectrum Scale Data Migration With AFM - A Cautionary TaleBob Oesterlin (Nuance)
17:1517:45Deep Dive - Block and inode allocation in Spectrum ScaleTomer Perry (IBM)
17:4518:00Ask us anythingAll
18:0020:00Get togethern/a

Event report: SSUG @SC17

We had well over 150 participants for the Spectrum Scale User Group at this year’s Supercomputing Conference held in Denver, USA, which took place on Sunday afternoon November 12, 2017.

A highlight of the event was several user talks, including Max Dellbrück Center, University of Pennsylvania Medical, DESY / European XFEL, and the University of Birmingham. We also heard about improvements to restriping and mmfsck, multiple enhancements resulting from CORAL work and other new features coming with Scale 5.0. We’re getting all the talks uploaded, so you can check out the details for yourself. We ran a little bit late as usual, but that was due to all the great questions from the audience. Thanks as always for making this an interactive event.

We’re looking for a site to host the next US event in the spring. If you’re interested in hosting, have ideas for a talk please reach out to Kristy or Bob at the US user group committee.

Update: Slides are available online


The Spectrum Scale user group will be hosting a meeting at this years SC17.

This global user-led meeting provides an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and interaction with IBM’s technical leadership on the latest in IBM Spectrum Scale, including the latest updates from the CORAL project. This session will feature user presentations on the effective configuration of multi-site clusters, deployment options for industry standard NFS protocols, and managing mixed workloads with Big Data Analytics. The main agenda will be followed by a cocktail reception at 5:30 pm to continue the discussions.

Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Venue: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, 650 15th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202 United States

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