SSUG at CIUK, Manchester 2021

December 2021 saw the return of an in person user group event as part of the annual CIUK conference in Manchester. Whilst it wasn’t the busiest SSUG we’ve run, it was great to see colleagues back and talking about Scale. The event was of course held in-line with government guidelines and all attendees were asked to wear masks throughout CIUK – and for the most part, people did do this!

The sessions kicked off with Indulis Bernsteins (IBM), an SSUG regular speaker, presenting on what’s new in 5.1.3. Whilst we’ve run a few “What’s new” sessions digitally, actually being in the room and having people be able to ask questions directly was a great return. (Personally, I’ve talked and presented at a few digital/online events over the past year or two, and the lack of any kind of response from the audience is what I’ve found most difficult, so it was great to actually see people respond in person!)

Steve Hindmarsh, Francis Crick Institute then presented an update on Scale at the Crick, as well as talking about the older systems, Steve also gave us a little sneak peak at the new storage going in in 2022.

Daniel Kidger followed on, Daniel is also a familiar speaker at SSUG, but now is at HPE. Since moving there, he’s been pulled in to working with the ECE storage systems now shipped by HPE and gave an update on the licensing model, servers as well as some detail on scaling and performance of the systems. … I think this is the first production system ECE talk we’ve had so far at SSUG!

Finally, Indulis returned to the stage giving an update on Spectrum Discover and use cases with Spectrum Scale.

I’d like to extend a personal thanks to all the speakers at CIUK for agreeing to even speak in person, as well as to all the attendees who made it and joined us for the event. Actually, not just for the CIUK21 event, but over the past few years – due to a change in role, I’m standing back from running the user group. We even got a volunteer at CIUK to agree taking on running events in the UK! A big shout out of thanks should go to Ulf Troppens, from IBM who has worked with the user group over the past few years, finding speakers and topics that fit the user group agenda! The past two years has been difficult with no in-person events, so actually getting to do one as my last running the group was a great opportunity… I’m sure I’ll still see many of the SSUG colleagues in the future, I’ve met some great people in my time running the group and that has supported some interesting projects as well as giving some fantastic conversations. I’m sure the user group will continue to thrive, and with restrictions on events changing, maybe we’ll see some more in-person opportunities and get to meet in person again!

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CIUK Event Report

Well that’s it for the user group in 2017! The last event of the year was held as part of Computing Insights UK (CIUK) in Manchester this week. CIUK is a much smaller event that SC or ISC, but its where the user group’s roots are. In fact, the user group on 12th December 2017, was the 7th birthday of the group which held its first meeting (of about 8 people) at MEW (the forerunner of CIUK).

Since then the group has grown, and whilst the CIUK meeting is never as large as the main events, we still had 20-30 attendees.

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Meeting at CIUK 2017

The Spectrum Scale user group is holding an informal meeting at CIUK to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the features of the latest release, hear from spectrum scale users on their experiences and to network with other users.

Please ensure you are registered for CIUK (https://eventbooking.stfc.ac.uk/news-events/ciuk-2017) and select to attend the session when registering.

Date: 12th December 2017, 2-5pm

Venue: Manchester Central

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May 2017 UK User Group Report

OK, OK, its been a while and I apologise for the delay in getting this written up (sorry Claire!), so many things have got in the way in my real job!

So the UK meeting this year saw a move from London to Manchester, but still saw a strong following of Spectrum Scale UGers attending. First off, lets talk about the elephant, or rather pillar in the room…. yes the conference venue had THE largest concrete pillars in the space … something to do with it once being a 1970’s office block so I’m told. But we managed, and DDN’s Vic even had some fun with laser pointers and the mirrors mounted on the pillars. Continue reading “May 2017 UK User Group Report”

UK May 2017 User Group: Registration

We’re flattered that we’ve seen some advertising us as the Global Spectrum Scale user group event, and its great that we’re doing well. This year’s event will be bigger than ever with space for up to 200 attendees, we’ve had to move out of IBM Client Centre in South Bank and are heading north to Manchester!

The UK Spring user group will take place over two days on 9th and 10th May 2017 at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel, Manchester. We’d like to thank IBM and our sponsors for supporting the event and the evening networking/social event on the evening of 9th May 2017.

As usual, we will have a packed agenda with speakers from the IBM development teams, user talks as well as technical talks from our sponsors.

The hotel where the event is taking place has reserved a limited number of rooms for the night before the event (8th May) and the night of the event (9th May). The rates are £115 B&B and £145 B&B per room per night respectively and if anyone wishes to book they can call the hotel 0344 879 9088 and quote code OCFP090517 to benefit from these rates. Please ensure you have confirmed your ticket via the registration page before booking your hotel room.

The agenda for the day is a bit further down the page and we are looking for users to do a short presentation on their use of Spectrum Scale/GPFS. Please contact us if you’d like to volunteer. These are often the most valuable talks of the event so please don’t be shy!

Sponsors

We’d very much like to thank the following sponsors for supporting the user group meeting by providing funding to support the evening social event:

ArcaStream
DDN
Ellexus
Lenovo
IBM
Mellanox
OCF
Seagate

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Agenda

Day 1 – 9th May 2017

09:00 – 10:00 Registration & Networking
10:00 – 10:30 Opening & Welcome – Simon Thompson (UG), Michael Daubman (IBM)
10:30 – 11:20 Spectrum Scale Update – Ulf Troppens (IBM)
11:20 – 11:40 ESS Update – Christopher Maestas (IBM)
11:40 – 12:00 Sponsor Talk 1 – Ellexus: Catching rogue jobs before they overload shared storage: an I/O profiling case study – Dr. Rosemary Francis
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch & Networking
13:00 – 13:20 Customer Talk – “The UK Research Data Facility” – Kieran Leach (EPCC)
13:20 – 13:40 Sponsor Talk 2 – DDN: AFM Case Studies – Vic Cornell
13:40 – 14:30 Spectrum Scale Cloud Deployments – Christopher Maestas (IBM)
14:30 – 14:50 Licensing – Carl Zetie (IBM)
14:50 – 15:20 Coffee and Networking
15:20 – 15:40 Sponsor Talk 3 – Arcastream: Automated Data Curation and Discovery with Spectrum Scale and ArcaStream – Jez Tucker & Barry Evans
15:40 – 16:30 Problem Determination – Simon Lorenz (IBM)
16:30 – 17:20 Best Practices – Olaf Weiser (IBM)
17:50 – 18:00 Wrap up
18:00 Finish
19:00 Evening Social Event, drinks and food – Manchester Museum of Science and Industry

Day 2 – 10th May 2017

08:30 – 09:00 Coffee and Networking
09:00 – 10:00 Parallel Breakout/workshop session 1

  • Integration with Spectrum Protect for Backup – Fabian Kulhl (IBM)
  • Docker Support / Update on metadata sizing – Olaf Weiser (IBM), Indulis Bernsteins (IBM)
  • CES Authentication / Spectrum Scale Security (Meet the Devs) – Sandeep Ramesh (IBM)
10:00 – 11:00 Parallel Breakout/workshop session 2

  • Introduction to AFM and Use Cases – Nils Haustein (IBM)
  • Object, SwiftHLM and OpenStack (cloud) – Sandeep Ramesh (IBM), Simon Lorenz (IBM)
  • GUI and REST API (Meet the Devs) – Alexander Wolf (IBM)
11:00 – 12:00 Parallel Breakout/workshop session 3

  • Automation of Storage Services – Nils Haustein (IBM)
  • Container and Virtualisation support (Cloud) – John Lewars (IBM)
  • HDFS Support (Meet the Devs) – Piyush Chaudrhary (IBM)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch & Networking
13:00 – 13:20 Sponsor Talk 4 – Mellanox: RoCE and Spectrum Scale – RDMA support and performance over Ethernet – Darren Harkins
13:20 – 13:40 Customer Talk – AFM Migration – The road to perdition – Mark Roberts (AWE) & Laurence Horrocks-Barlow (OCF)
13:40 – 14:00 Sponsor Talk 5 – Seagate: Accelerating Spectrum Scale with an Intelligent IO Manager – Ray Coetzee
14:00 – 14:20 Customer Talk – TBC
14:20 – 14:50 Coffee and Networking
14:50 – 16:00 Research Topics – Sven Oehme (IBM)
16:00 – 16:30 Wrap-up and feedback – Simon Thompson (UG), Michael Daubman (IBM)
16:30 Finish

Registration

To register for this year’s event, please use our EventBrite event page at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spectrum-scalegpfs-user-group-spring-2017-tickets-32113696932

Registration is now open.

Please note that we are currently limiting registrations to 3 per organisation to ensure as many organisations as possible are able to attend and places are strictly limited due to room capacity. We will be operating a wait list, so if you can’t get a ticket now, then we’ll hold details in case they become available nearer the date.

We look forward to seeing you in May!