Registration for the Spectrum Scale User group meeting at HPCXXL (formerly SPXXL) is now open.

  • Thursday September 28th
  • New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue, New York.

The Spectrum Scale day will require registration, so we can make sure there is enough room (and coffee/food!) for all attendees. However, there will be no registration fee if you attend the Spectrum Scale day only.

The agenda is still being worked on, here are some likely topics:

  • RoadMap/Updates
  • “New features – New Bugs“ (Julich)
  • GPFS + OpenStack (CSCS)
  • ORNL Update on Spider3-related GPFS work
  • ANL Site Update
  • File Corruption Session

If you are interested in attending please register via

If you have any questions, please contact SSUG Co-Principal Kristy Kallback-Rose.

Spectrum Scale Day @ SPXXL (New York) – May 26th, 2016

Spectrum Scale Day @ SPXXL at New York Academy of Medicine


8:30- 9:00 Registration
9:00- 9:45 Top 10 reasons for upgrading from GPFS 3.5 to Spectrum Scale 4.2.1
9:45-11:00 Panel Discussion: My favorite tool for monitoring/reporting
11:00-11:30 -Break-
11:30-12:30 Problem Determination
12:30-13:30 -Lunch-
13:30-14:00 Site report – AWE
14:00-14:30 Spectrum Scale in Life Sciences
14:30-15:00 HPSS Update
15:00-15:30 -Break-
15:30-16:30 Best practices for GPFS or Spectrum Scale Tuning
16:30-17:15 Enhancements for CORAL

GPFS/Spectrum Scale Upcoming US Events – Save the Dates

We’d like to announce two upcoming US GPFS/Spectrum Scale Events. One on the east coast, one in the midwest.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Kristy Kallback-Rose or Bob Oesterlin
GPFS Users Group – USA Chapter – Principal & Co-principal

GPFS/Spectrum Scale Day at the SPXXL conference in NYC – May 26th (full day event)
Developers and Engineers from IBM will be at the meeting to cover topics, and open dialogue between IBM and customers will be encouraged. More details about the agenda, hotel and other logistics will come later this month.

Tentative Agenda:

  • 10 reasons for upgrading from GPFS 3.5 to Spectrum Scale 4.2.1
  • Enhancements for CORAL from IBM
  • Panel discussion with customers, topic TBD
  • AFM and integration with Spectrum Protect
  • Best practices for GPFS or Spectrum Scale Tuning.
  • At least one site update

New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029

GPFS/Spectrum Scale Users Group Meeting at Argonne National Lab (ANL) – June 10th (full day event)

Thanks to Argonne for hosting this event. Developers and Engineers from IBM will be at the meeting to cover topics, and open dialogue between IBM and customers will be encouraged, as usual no marketing pitches!

Location: Argonne National Lab
More details and final agenda will come soon!

Tentative Agenda:

9-9:30a – Opening Remarks
9:30-10a Deep Dive – Update on ESS
10a-11a Deep Dive – Problem Determination (30 min/Panel 30 min?)
11-11:30 Break
11:30a-Noon – Deep Dive – Protect & Scale integration
Noon-12:30p HDFS/Hadoop

12:30 – 1:30p Lunch

1:30 – 2:00p IBM AFM Update
2:00-2:30p ANL: AFM as a burst buffer
2:30-3:00p ANL: GHI (GPFS HPSS Integration)
3:00-3:30p Break
3:30p – 4:00p LANL: ? or other site presontations
4:00-4:30p Nuance: GPFS Performance Sensors Deployment Experiences
4:30p -5:00p Closing comments and Open Forum for Questions

5:00 – ?
Beer hunting?

Inaugural USA Meet the Devs

Well we did it, we held our first “Meet the Devs” in the US and I’ll venture to say it was successful. Let me emphasize the “we” involved in this event. This was a great joint effort between users and IBM with special thanks to Janet Ellsworth of IBM for all she did to make this event happen, and Doris Conti for making sure lots of IBMers, including lots of developers, came down from Poughkipsie. Thanks also to the US co-principal Bob Oesterlin and Pallavi Galgali for keeping things moving right along behind the scenes. We’ll see Bob and Pallavi in person at the SC15 meeting in Austin.

There’s a poll we’re running to get feedback from the attendees and we’ll see how my own feelings match up with the group’s. The discussion was lively, and everyone felt comfortable to ask direct questions and talk about it all —the good, the bad and the ugly.

From an attendee perspective there was reasonable diversity as well with representatives from financial, medical/genetics, and university sectors.

So, what was covered? I’m glad you asked.

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Inaugural US Meet the Developers Event

The inaugural US “Meet the Developers” session has been arranged.

Date: Wednesday 7th October 2015

Place: IBM building, 590 Madison Avenue, New York City

Time: 12:30 to 5 PM (Lunch will be served at 12:30, and sessions will start between 1 and 1:30 PM. Afternoon refreshments will also be served)


  • IBM development architect to present the new protocols support that was released with Spectrum Scale 4.1.1 in June.
  • IBM developer to demo future Graphical User Interface Member of user community to present an experience with using Spectrum Scale
  • Open Q&A with the development team

If you are interested in attending please e-mail Janet Ellsworth Please also let Janet know if you are willing to present your experience using Spectrum Scale.