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Australian Spectrum Scale User Group incorporating Spectrum Archive, Spectrum Protect and Spectrum LSF - Sydney, Australia October 18 2019

Chris Schlipalius, The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Friday, October 18, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (AEDT)

Australian Scale User Group incorporating Spectrum...

Ticket Information

Type End Quantity
Friday Usergroup ticket
Spectrum Scale Usergroup general attendance. You must use a company or organisational email address when registering. Tickets booked with free email accounts will be cancelled.
Oct 17, 2019 Free  
Speakers ticket
ONLY for speakers at the event - you must have advised the organiser of the event of your topic and duration if you grab one of these tickets. You must use a company or organisational email address when registering. Tickets booked with free email accounts will be cancelled.
Oct 17, 2019 Free  

Event Details

General Information

The Spectrum Scale Usergroup Australia will feature a number of Spectrum Scale (GPFS) and Spectrum Archive, Protect and LSF experts presenting on a wide variety of topics.

This event hopes to provide you with the opportunity to hear the latest Spectrum Scale and other Spectrum product updates from the filesystem and storage experts as well as hear from other users and technical experts on their experiences and uses of Spectrum Scale and other related technologies in the Spectrum product band. 

You need to register for tickets with an organisational or company email, not your personal/private email address, as this event is for professionals working in the storage area or with GPFS/Spectrum Scale, Spectrum Protect(TSM), Spectrum Archive or Spectrum (Platform) LSF.

If you have questions to ask, you can email the organiser or prepare them for the day and the open session in the morning.

Tickets are available, the agenda is being finalised.

This event is expected to have drinks nearby immediately afterwards the event on Friday if you wish to attend.

Speakers - you only need a speakers ticket, you don't need to pick up a General/Technical Session ticket as well.

This event is a event in Sydney, Australia.

Whilst the user group is open to all Spectrum Scale users, please note that the user group is a forum for technical discussion and is not a sales opportunity

Primary Sponsors;


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The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre 


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What is on when - Friday 18th October 2019:


Draft Agenda:

The draft agenda currently looks like this (it is subject to change and reordering of timings depending on availability of speakers etc. 

Duration Start End

Registration and Networking
Welcome by Chris Schlipalius, IBM Champion - The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre
Spectrum Scale Use Cases and Positioning - Christopher D. Maestas - IBM
Customer Talk (Spectrum Scale) TBA
An update on Spectrum Scale (and ESS) world-wide Support: transformation initiatives ; overview of the world-wide Support organization; some policies such as response time targets; some best practices such as log files and use of Webex for live debug; includes Q&A. - Andrew Giblon - IBM
25 10:05 10:30 What is new in Spectrum Scale? What is new in ESS? Christopher D. Maestas - IBM
Coffee and Networking

Technical talk - Spectrum Scale Erasure Code Edition (ECE, a.k.a MESTOR) - Lin Feng - IBM


Spectrum Scale  - Lessons from the field and tips from Support - Suad Musovich - IBM

Spectrum Scale and BDA update - Lin Feng - IBM 
Lunch and Networking
20 13:35 13:55 Enabler for Containers V2, and Container Storage Interface(CSI) availability - IBM, or Tiering cold data to Spectrum Archive - Speaker TBA
13:55 14:15 Spectrum Protect Talk  - Speaker TBA 
25 14:15 14:40 Customer Talk  (Spectrum Archive) TBA
15:05 Customer Talk  (Spectrum Archive) TBA
15:35 Coffee and Networking
15:55 Customer Talk (Spectrum LSF) TBA
16:20 Customer Talk (Spectrum ? Discover?) TBA
Open Discussion - All
Wrap-up - Chris Schlipalius (User Group)
17:15 Close
90 17:30 19:00 Optional After-event Get Together



More details on the end of the day items:

16:45 Open Discussion - ask anything - Technical Q&A Panel Session, discussion with the attending technical experts (please give your questions to Chris on the day when you arrive, or email them through or write them down on your table and give them to Chris before lunch). This is a great opportunity to ask your questions of some on the best minds in Spectrum Scale, Protect, Archive and LSF.

17:10 Wrap up - proposals for new talks topics, feedback, followup, mention of the next Spectrum Scale meeting proposed for 2019.

17:30 Drinks/Social get together (not yet sponsored)


The full program of technical speakers and subjects and user cases is still open so if you would like to present, please email the organiser Chris.

Please add your requested questions to be covered by the technical experts either via the channel or just email the organiser.

Other FAQs

Who's running the event?

Chris Schlipalius (IBM Champion) at The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is the primary contact.

You can also email:

Is this an IBM-run event?

No. The Spectrum Scale user group is not part of IBM, we are a community of users, ISVs, VARs and have a number of IBM staff as members of the group. To enable us to bring developers from IBM to speak, we work closely with IBM to run user group events.

What's the focus of the event?

It's to continue the techncial briefings of the usergroup (UG) in Australia, and to provide a technical forum of discussion for those working with Spectrum Scale(GPFS) and storage in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region.

I have an idea for a talk, how can I get a slot?

Contact Chris Schlipalius or at my Pawsey Supercomputing Centre email address (please Google the Pawsey staff contacts list).

How do I join the group?

The group is free to join, please visit for details of the group and how to join the mailing list.

There are no tickets left, can I still attend?

We are limited by the space available to us at the meeting room.

We will be running a wait-list, however if you do not have a ticket by event day, we are unlikely to be able to accommodate you.

Preference for seating places is given to end-users of Spectrum Scale. 

Will there be lunch, and morning and afternoon tea/coffee?


Will there be other events on?

Yes, IBM Technical Symposium in the days prior.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, let us know who will be attending instead of you, via email to .

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, please email the organiser

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes please.

Please add your organisational email, not your personal/private email address as this event is for professionals working in the storage area or with GPFS/Spectrum Scale.

You can bring your own name badge with you but you will still need an event badge and ticket.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?


I can no longer attend, what should I do?

Please cancel your ticket in Eventbrite.

 Will I need to have an upto-date IBM NDA signed?

If IBM have an NDA form to complete these will either be emailed out to all or available on the day to complete.

Will there be opportunities to network, and to participate in Q and A sessions?

Yes we have an event on Friday immediately after.


Please do email the organisers if you wish to have an agenda item added, or if you wish to present your user case, or you would like a specific topic covered by a presenter or in the Q&A session in the afternoon.

If you are still wishing to present, we welcome you warmly!

Speaking slots can be made available for any customer, just register for a Speakers ticket and email the organisers to confirm your topic and reserved speaking time.


Have questions about Australian Spectrum Scale User Group incorporating Spectrum Archive, Spectrum Protect and Spectrum LSF - Sydney, Australia October 18 2019? Contact Chris Schlipalius, The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

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IBM Head Offices Level 13
601 Pacific Highway
St Leonards, NSW 2065

Friday, October 18, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (AEDT)

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Chris Schlipalius, The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Team Lead - Data Storage Infrastructure - The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Perth, WA

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