Spectrum Scale and Spectrum LSF User Meeting at ISC 2017

There is an IBM organized joint IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM Spectrum LSF User Meeting at ISC 2017. Agenda and spirit are similar to user group organized events. The the agenda includes user stories, updates on IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM Spectrum LSF, and access to IBM experts and your peers.

Please join us!

To attend, please email Fabienne.Wegener at de.ibm.com so we can have an accurate count of attendees.

Monday June 19, 2016 – 12:00-14:30 – Conference Room Konstant

12:00-12:10  [10 min]  Opening
12:10-12:25  [15 min]  Spectrum Scale Support for Docker – Olaf Weiser (IBM)
12:25-13:05  [40 min]  IBM Spectrum LSF family update – Bill McMillan (IBM)
13:05-13:25  [20 min]  Driving Operational Efficiencies with the IBM Spectrum LSF & Ellexus Mistral – Dr. Rosemary Francis (Ellexus)
13:25-13:40 [15 min] Pawsey Site Report – Chris Schlipalius (Pawsey)
13:40-13:55  [15 min]  IBM Elastic Storage Server (ESS) Update – John Sing (IBM)
13:55-14:20  [25 min]  IBM Spectrum Scale Enhancements for CORAL – Sven Oehme (IBM)
14:20-14:30  [10 min]  Question & Answers

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Spectrum Scale User Meeting – March 8+9 , 2017 – Ehningen, Germany

There is an IBM organized Spectrum Scale User Meeting in Germany. Though, agenda and spirit are very close to the user group organized events. Conference language is German. This is a two-day event. There is an introduction day for Spectrum Scale beginners a day before on March 7.

Please register, if you plan to join:

Introduction day:


Mittwoch – 8. März 2017
09:00-10:00 Anmeldung und Networking
10:00-10:30 Begrüßung
10:30-11:10 Spectrum Scale Update
11:10-11:40 ESS Update
11:40-12:00 Bosch: SAP HANA auf ESS
12:00-13:00 Mittagessen und Networking
13:00-13:25 NEC: Spectrum Scale beim Deutschen Wetterdienst
13:25-13:45 Deutsche Bank: Leistungsoptimierung für Risk Management
13:45-14:05 m.a.x. it: SmartStorage – Software Defined Storage für mixed Workloads
14:05-14:25 DDN: AFM Use Cases
14:25-14:45 DESY: Transparent Cloud Tiering Proof-of-Concept
14:45-15:15 Kaffee und Networking
15:15-15:45 Tape & Spectrum Scale
15:45-16:05 Kundenvortrag: Flexibler Speicher für Spectrum Protect
16:05-16:50 Problem Determination
16:50-17:50 Bericht aus Kundenprojekten
17:50-18:00 Meet the Devs
18:00-20:00 Get Together

Donnerstag – 9. März 2017
08:30-09:00 Kaffee und Networking
09:00-10:00 1. Breakout Session
1) Spectrum Archive und Spectrum Scale ILM (Einführung)
2) Lizensierung und TCOnow
3) GUI und REST API (Meet the Devs)
10:00-11:00 2. Breakout Session
1) Hadoop Integration (Einführung); Immutability (Einführung)
2) Spectrum Protect Integration (Fortgeschrittene)
3) NFS und SMB (Meet the Devs)
11:00-12:00 3. Breakout Session+
1) AFM (Einführung); Einsatz von AFM bei CSI
2) Automation von Storage Services (Fortgeschrittene)
3) Object und SwiftHLM (Meet the Devs)
12:00-13:00 Mittagessen und Networking
13:00-13:25 SVA: Ein Einblick in HPC @ Bosch
13:25-13:45 Mellanox: Warum eigentlich High Speed Interconnect?
13:45-14:05 Lenovo: Distributed Storage Solution (DSS) for Spectrum Scale
14:05-14:30 Kaffee und Networking
14:30-15:30 Bericht von IBM Almaden Storage Research
15:30-16:00 Abschlussdiskussion

Trip Report: German Expert Workshop – Ehningen March 8+9, 2016

There was the 5th German Spectrum Scale Expert Workshop in Ehningen at the IBM Germany headquarter on March 9+10, 2016. The Expert Workshop is an IBM organized event, though agenda and format are similar to the Spectrum Scale UK User Group Meeting which is upcoming in May. This year we had 200+ attendees, two-thirds of them were customers and partners. One specialty of the German Expert Workshop is that all sessions are in German. However, most charts are in English and available in the presentation section of this site.

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GPFS/TSM Day during SPXXL Winter Workshop 2016

(Posted on behalf of Stefano from SPXXL):

During February we had a wonderful GPFS Day during the SPXXL Winter Meeting that took place at LRZ in “Garching bei München, Germany”.

For those who are not familiar, here are a few notes on what SPXXL is and does:

SPXXL is a user group for sites which have large installations of IBM or Lenovo equipment. The focus of the SPXXL group is on large-scale scientific/technical computing using IBM or Lenovo hardware. Some of the areas we cover are: Applications, Code Development Tools, Communications, Networking, Parallel I/O, Resource Management, System Administration, and Training. We address topics across a wide range of issues that are important to sustained petascale scientific/technical computing on scaleable parallel machines.

The SPXXL is a self-organized and self-supporting group. Members and affiliates are expected to participate actively in the SPXXL meetings and activities and to cover their own costs for participating. SPXXL meetings are open only to members and affiliates of the SPXXL. SPXXL member institutions must have an appropriate non-disclosure agreement in place with IBM and Lenovo, since at times both vendors disclose and discuss information of a confidential nature with the group. Beginning in 2015 the winter workshop was focused on Lenovo and their partners and the summer workshop will be focused on IBM and their partners.

Coming back to the GPFS Day, as usual, it was one of the most important days of the SPXXL week where we went through many interesting arguments approached mainly from a user prospective with no intent to do any kind of marketing.
As a speaker, we had 3 IBM people (1 GPFS developer, 1 TSM/HSM Developer and 1 IT Specialist), 1 Lenovo and 2 Site updates from the community.

I have been really surprised by people engagement during and after the presentations. Every speaker included has been really open and willing to get any possible challenge creating an atmosphere of a real user group meeting.

Another nice surprise has been to get direction from IBM developers on what they expect from a user when there is a problem. It has been a kind of myth buster on what a standard user does and on what should be done in order to help debugging.

This has been the kind of day we had and we hope to do this more often under the umbrella of SPXXL & GPFSUG.