Registration open for UK New User Day

The registration for the UK Storage Scale New User Day is now open!

Date: June 11, 2024 – New User Day

Location: IBM York Road, London, UK

This event is face-to-face only and free of charge.

This meeting is face-to-face only and free of charge – please note that this event if for current or prospective users of IBM’s Storage Scale filesystem.

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Spectrum Scale User Group UK meeting 30th June 2022

Join us at IBM’s new London location for our next user group meeting

This is the current proposed agenda for June’s meeting

9:30 – 10:00 Arrivals and refreshments
10:00 – 10:15 Introductions and committee updates

Paul Tomlinson, Group Chair & Caroline Bradley, Group Secretary

10:15 – 10:50 Strategy Update (IBM)
10:50 – 11:15 New S3 Access for AI and Analytics (IBM)
11:15 – 11:35 NVIDIA GPUDirect Storage with Spectrum Scale
11:35 – 12:00 What’s new in Spectrum Scale
12:00 – 13:00 Buffet Lunch outside The Cube – Including viewings of Mayflower in Immersive Room (Aspen), Quantum Room (Lemon), and AI Cars
13:00 – 13:20 Migration of Spectrum Scale using Atempo
13:20 – 13:40 Spectrum Scale HDFS Update
13:40 – 14:00 Spectrum Scale and Spectrum Discover for Data Management
14:00 – 14:30 Monitoring + Serviceability Enhancements
14:30 – 15:00 Refreshment Break – Viewings of Spot the Robot Dog.
15:00 – 15:20 Supporting Science with Spectrum Scale
15:20 – 15:40 Spectrum Scale on IBM Cloud
15:40 – 16:00 Lenovo Update
16:00 – 16:30 Performance Update
16:30 – 17:00 Challenges, Experiences + Questions Led by Paul Tomlinson, Group Chair
17:00 Close followed by Drinks and Pizza reception


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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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CANCELLED: Worldwide/UK Spectrum Scale 2020 new user day

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, this in-person event is cancelled. We hope to bring a digital version!


The new user day is something we’ve tried to squeeze around the main agenda in the past, this year is running as a completely separate day prior to the main event.

Please note that registration for the new user day is separate to the main 2 day event.


The agenda for the new user day is currently being developed but the outline is provided here to help you plan travel.

1510:0010:15Opening, welcome
Spectrum Scale Use Cases
Spectrum Scale Features & Functions
Live Demo
Orientation for New Users
How to design a Spectrum Scale environment
3017:3018:00Q&A and WRAP UP