Spectrum Scale UK April 2018 report

That’s a wrap!

Yes, we’ve made it to the end of another successful Spectrum Scale user group! This year has been our most highly attended group with over 110 registrations and around a 90% attendance rate. We had representation from 56 organisations and delegates from 13 countries as well as 29 speakers over 28 sessions. A big thank you goes out to all our IBM, sponsor and user speakers.

For 2018, we headed back to London and the IBM Client Centre London on the South Bank. The client centre team rightly deserve our thanks – where nothing was too much trouble for them. Finding us cables to plug our streaming kit and generally making sure the logistics of the venue were all dealt with.

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UK 2018 User Group Event

The UK user group for 2018 is taking place on 18th & 19th April 2018 at IBM Client Centre, London.

The agenda for the day is listed below. Presentations are linked, where available from the talk title. Videos of the talks are available at in a YouTube playlist.

Wednesday 18th April 2018

10:00 10:30 Opening & welcome Simon Thompson / Claire O’Toole / Ted Hoover
10:30 11:15 Update Scale (video) / ESS / Support (video) Mathias Dietz & Chris Maestas
11:15 11:40 MultiCloud Transparent Cloud Tiering (video) Rob Basham
11:40 12:00 Sponsor Talk E8

Stuart Campbell
12:00 13:00 LUNCH
13:00 13:20 User Talk – EBI and IBM update – MMAP issues (video – both talks) Jordi Valls / Sven Oehme
13:20 13:40 Sponsor Talk NEC

Jan Erik Sundermann
13:40 14:00 Tooling ScaleAutomation  Open Discussion
14:00 14:20 User Talk – Rohde&Schwarz

Oliver Gappa
14:20 14:40 Sponsor Talk – OCF

Laurence Horrocks-Barlow
14:40 15:10 BREAK
15:10 15:30 Sponsor Talk – Ellexus

Ten commandments of good I/O

Dr. Rosemary Francis
15:30 15:50 User Talk – Scientific Computing & Storage at The Francis Crick Institute Michael Holliday
 15:50  16:35 Mixing storage systems in Spectrum Scale – Migrations & pools stories Luis Bolinches
16:35 17:20 Burning Issues Discussion Carl Zetie
17:20 17:30 WRAP UP Simon Thompson / Claire O’Toole

In the evening there is a networking/social event (food + drinks) at a local restaurant. Further details will be provided on the day.

Thursday 19th April 2018

08:30 09:00 ARRIVALS
09:00 10:00 AWS Installation Live Demo & Container Update John Lewars
Composable Infrastructure for Genomics Medicine Workloads Ulf Troppens
GUI capabilities in multi-cluster setups like AFM and cross-cluster mount Markus Rohwedder
10:00 11:00 File System Audit Logging / Running Spectrum Scale in a Vagrant environment Chris Maestas
REST API – Update & Deep Dive in Health Monitoring and Zimon Queries Andreas Koeninger
AFM Deep Dive – Tuning and debugging Venkateswara Puvvada
11:00 12:00 Scale on Z / Mainframe Susanne Wintenberger
Network Flows John Lewars
System Health, Performance Monitoring & Call Home Mathias Dietz
12:00 13:00 LUNCH
13:00 13:20 User Talk – QMUL Peter Childs
13:20 13:40 Sponsor Talk – Lenovo Michael Hennecke
13:40 14:20 The advent of NVMe. What does this mean for Scale? Sven Oehme
14:20 14:50 BREAK
14:50 15:10 User Talk – MAX IV Andreas Mattsson
15:10 15:30 Sponsor Talk – DDN Vic Cornell
15:30 16:30 Cognititive, ML, Hortonworks Yong ZY Zheng
16:30 16:40 CLOSE Simon Thompson / Claire O’Toole

With thanks to our sponsors for their support.

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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SSUG @ 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

2pm Introductions and welcome, Simon Thompson & Claire O’Toole (SSUG Committee)
2:10pm Spectrum Scale 5.0, Daniel Kidger (IBM)
2:40pm Deep Dive: Blueprints, Ulf Troppens (IBM)
3:40pm User Talk: Institute of Cancer Research, Robert Horton (ICR)
4:00pm User Talk: Red Bull Technology, John Brookes (Red Bull Technology)
4:20pm Questions and discussion
4:50pm Close