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


Registration is at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spectrum-scale-user-group-registration-321290978967

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


CANCELLED: Worldwide/UK 2020 Spectrum Scale User Group

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


This year’s Spectrum Scale user group event has a fantastic agenda of Spectrum Scale experts and will take place over 2-days, again at IBM’s client centre overlooking the River Thames in London. 2020 sees 10 years of the user group in the UK! The event will provide you with the opportunity to hear the latest Spectrum Scale updates from filesystem experts as well as hear from other users on their experiences. Similar to previous years, we’re also holding smaller interactive workshops to allow for more detailed discussion.

In addition to the main event, we’re also running a new user day on 12th May. Please note that registration for the new user day is separate


This event wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors and we thank them for their support!



The agenda is currently being developed, the outline agenda to give an indication of timings is given below but is subject to change.

Day 1 – May 13th 2020

3010:0010:30Opening, welcome & pop quizSimon Thompson (Chair)
4016:5017:30Meet the Devs - Ask us AnythingAll
1017:3017:40WRAP UPSimon Thompson (Chair)
13518:3022:45User Group Networking / DinnerRegistration and Badge/Lanyard required

Day 2 – May 14th 2020

3008:3009:00Spectrum Scale Licensing
1015:5016:00CLOSESimon Thompson (Chair)

UK and World Wide Spectrum Scale User Group Meeting

The UK/World Wide 2019 Spectrum Scale user group is planned to take place on 8th and 9th May, once again overlooking the River Thames at IBM’s South Bank Client Centre.

The draft agenda for the event is posted below and has a mix of IBM, customer and sponsor talks. This year we have a particular focus on AI with Spectrum Scale and it promises to be another great two days.

Thanks to our sponsors, we’re able to run an evening dinner/networking event. We’ll provide more details on this on the day, but make sure you plan to attend our evening event!


Day 1: 8th May:

1510:0010:15Opening & welcomeSimon Thompson (Chair) / Ted Hoover (IBM)
2510:1510:40Spectrum Scale: The past, the present, the futureWayne Sawdon (IBM)
2510:4011:05Accelerating AI workloads with IBM Spectrum ScaleTed Hoover (IBM)
2011:0511:25Sponsor Talk [NVIDIA]: Doing large scale AI faster – scale innovation with multi-node-multi-GPU computing and a scaling data pipelineMiguel Martínez (NVIDIA)
2511:2511:50AI ecosystem and solutions with IBM Spectrum ScalePiyush Chaudhary (IBM)
1011:5012:00Meet the devsUlf Troppens (IBM)
3013:0013:30Spectrum Scale UpdatePuneet Chaudhary
1513:3013:45ESS UpdatePuneet Chaudhary
2013:4514:05Customer Talk - Why Spectrum Scale, a Customer ViewMark Vilensky (Weizmann Institute of Science)
2014:0514:25Sponsor Talk [DDN]: "Optimizing Storage Stacks for AI"Sven Oehme
2014:2514:45Sponsor Talk [Lenovo] - "Storage, Fast and Slow - Lenovo updates from both ends of the storage hierarchy"Michael Hennecke
1515:1515:30Support UpdateKai Korkow (IBM)
2015:3015:50New Storage Options for Spectrum ScaleLuis Bolinches (IBM)
2015:5016:10Customer Talk - Why Spectrum Scale, a Customer ViewPatrick Dekkers (Amsterdam UMC Locactie VUmc)
2016:1016:30Sponsor Talk [e8 Storage]: E8 Shared NVMe for High Performance Spectrum Scale ClustersStuart Campbell (e8 Storage) / Peter Childs (QMUL)
2016:3016:50Sponsor Talk [Mellanox] : Low Latency Ethernet Storage FabricsGadi Godanyan (Mellanox Technologies)
4016:5017:30Meet the Devs - Ask us AnythingAll
1017:3017:40WRAP UPSimon Thompson (Chair)
13518:3022:45User Group Networking / DinnerRegistration and Badge/Lanyard required

During the afternoon, we will also be running a breakout session “Getting Started with Spectrum Scale”. This is intended for newer users of Spectrum Scale and will be run subject to demand.

Day 2: 9th May:

3008:3009:00Spectrum Scale LicensingCarl Zetie (IBM)
6009:0010:00AI at Scale at the example of Autonomous Driving (Beginner)
IBM Aspera Sync for Spectrum Scale
Nils Haustein (IBM)
Cloud Update
Spectrum Scale Support for Container
Harald Seipp (IBM)
Towards Proactive Service with Call Home
Spectrum Scale Reliability, Availability und Serviceability
Mathias Dietz (IBM)
6010:0011:00Spectrum Scale installation and upgrade with Install ToolkitKedar Karmarkar (IBM)
Tiering to tape with Spectrum ArchiveKhanh Ngo (IBM)
Spectrum Scale Watch Folder
Lessons from the field
Olaf Weiser (IBM)
Kai Korkow (IBM) / Luis Bolinches (IBM)
6011:0012:00Overview: Spectrum Scale support for NFS and SMB
Spectrum Scale Best Practices for Snapshots
Ulf Troppens (IBM)
Kedar Karmarkar (IBM)
Spectrum Scale Policy Engine: Introduction and Use CasesNils Haustein (IBM)
Spectrum Scale Network FlowJohn Lewars (IBM)
3013:0013:30Lightning Talks - My favourite/worst Spectrum Scale featureAll - including attendees
3013:3014:00Memory Consumption in Spectrum ScaleJohn Lewars (IBM)
2014:3014:50Customer Talk - Migrating Spectrum Scale Filesystems with minimal downtimeLuke Sudbery (University of Birmingham)
2014:5015:10Sponsor Talk [OCF]: Atempo - Large Filesystem Migration & BackupThomas Ahrens (Atempo)
2015:1015:30Customer Talk - Experience with Spectrum Scale AFMAlvise Dorigo (PSI)
2015:3015:50High Performance TierWayne Sawdon (IBM)
1015:5016:00CLOSESimon Thompson (Chair)

This event is sponsored by IBM, OCF, e8 Storage, Lenovo, DDN Storage, Mellanox Technologies and NVIDIA.