Event report: SSUG @SC17

We had well over 150 participants for the Spectrum Scale User Group at this year’s Supercomputing Conference held in Denver, USA, which took place on Sunday afternoon November 12, 2017.

A highlight of the event was several user talks, including Max Dellbrück Center, University of Pennsylvania Medical, DESY / European XFEL, and the University of Birmingham. We also heard about improvements to restriping and mmfsck, multiple enhancements resulting from CORAL work and other new features coming with Scale 5.0. We’re getting all the talks uploaded, so you can check out the details for yourself. We ran a little bit late as usual, but that was due to all the great questions from the audience. Thanks as always for making this an interactive event.

We’re looking for a site to host the next US event in the spring. If you’re interested in hosting, have ideas for a talk please reach out to Kristy or Bob at the US user group committee.

Update: Slides are available online


The Spectrum Scale user group will be hosting a meeting at this years SC17.

This global user-led meeting provides an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and interaction with IBM’s technical leadership on the latest in IBM Spectrum Scale, including the latest updates from the CORAL project. This session will feature user presentations on the effective configuration of multi-site clusters, deployment options for industry standard NFS protocols, and managing mixed workloads with Big Data Analytics. The main agenda will be followed by a cocktail reception at 5:30 pm to continue the discussions.

Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Venue: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, 650 15th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202 United States

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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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hpcxxl-2017-summer-meeting-registration-36869531762.

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

SSUG USA 2017 – April 4-5th, Berkeley, Ca – Registration now open!

Registration for the Spring Spectrum Scale User group meeting is now open. It’s April 4th-5th at NERSC in Berkeley, Ca. Agenda details will be filled in soon, but we have 2 full days of talks:

Tuesday, April 4th

09:00-10:00 Registration/Coffee/Networking
10:00-10:30 Welcome - Bob Oesterlin, Kristy Kallback, Doris Conti 
10:30-11:30 Spectrum Scale & ESS Update - Scott Fadden/Puneet Chaudhary
11:30-12:30 Problem Avoidance - Best Practices in the Field - IBM Support
12:30-13:30 Lunch and Networking
13:30-15:30 Problem Determination - Deep Dive - Yuri Volobuev
15:30-16:00 Break/Networking
16:00-17:00 Problem Determination - What's New? - Matthias Dietz
17:00-18:00 Bring your favorite problem or performance issue. We will fix it now!

Wednesday April 5th

08:30-09:00 Coffee and Networking
09:00-10:00 Transparent Cloud Tiering - Introduction and Use Cases (Meet the Devs) - Nikhil Khandelwal or Rob Basham, Life Sciences and Next Generation Sequencing with Spectrum Scale (Solutions)

10:00-11:00 AFM - Introduction and Use Cases (Meet the Devs) - Scott Fadden, Spectrum Protect on Spectrum Scale (Solutions) - Jason Basler
11:00-12:00 Meet the Devs - IBM Development, Hadoop Integration and Support for HortonWorks HDP (Solutions) - Ted Hoover
12:00-13:00 Lunch and Networking
13:00-13:20 Customer/Partner Talk
13:20-13:40 Customer/Partner Talk
13:40-14:00 Customer/Partner Talk
14:00-14:30 Break
14:30-15:00 Challenges in Tracing - Vasily Tarasov
15:00-15:30 Application Integration with Containers - Dean Hildebrand
15:30-16:00 Wrap up - Bob Oesterlin, Kristy Kallback, Doris Conti 

We have a few open slots for short (20 min) user presentations – let us know if you are interested.

Space is limited and sign-up deadline is March 24th! Sign up early.


Look forward to seeing you there!

Bob Oesterlin and Kristy Kallback-Rose, SSUG USA Co-principals

Save the Date! SSUG USA 2017

Please save the date for a two-day user group meeting at NERSC in Berkeley, California.

Date: April 4-5, 2017
Venue: National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (nersc.gov) Berkeley, California, USA

Details of the agenda and for registration will follow shortly here and via the Spectrum Scale user group mailing list.