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Spectrum Scale (and GRIDScaler) User Group Brisbane Australia (GPFSUGAUS) October 2017

Chris Schlipalius, The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Monday, October 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 4:30 PM (AEDT)

Spectrum Scale (and GRIDScaler) User Group Brisbane...

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Event Details

General Information

The fifth Spectrum Scale user group Australia will feature a number of Spectrum Scale and GRIDscaler experts presenting on a wide variety of topics on Spectrum Scale.

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

Jeff Ceason from IBM USA has confirmed he is travelling to Australia to give roadmap and product updates on IBM Spectrum Scale.

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

Tickets are available, the agenda is basically finalised.

This event has a evening team building and dinner event on the 16th (tickets are now closed - email Chris if you would like to waitlist) and the Usergroup is all day on the 17th (see tickets or the details below for more). The eResearch event evening drinks will be on the same day as the Usergroup (Tuesday). 

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

This event is a event in 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

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What is on when:

Monday Night 16th October:

6:00pm DDN & Spectrum Scale Team Building Event - Story Bridge Adventure Climb - you must already have a ticket, no ticket no access.

170 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane

Active Wear recommended.  Training and climb will start at 6pm in one group.  Climbing overalls provided.

More information:   or see the recent email sent to registered ticket holders.

8:30pm Dinner at Deerys, Story Bridge Hotel (short walk).

Tuesday AM 17th October 2017 Usergroup

Location:  Rydges Brisbane



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

8:00am Sign-in and coffee.

8:30am Introduction and meeting kick off (by Chris Schlipalius, The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Perth)

8:40am  Spectrum Scale Roadmap 4.2 and beyond, and S3 and Spectrum Scale and new features - Jeff Ceason, IBM  (NDA Session - you must provide a signed form - click me - to attend this session).

9:40am   Site Report - Irek Porebski/Jake Carroll/Michael Mallon - University of Queensland 

10:10am-10:40am  Morning Tea 

10:40am Analytics at Supercomputing Scale: Problems and Solutions  – David Kelly - Cray

11:30am Flash with Spectrum Scale, roles of disk vs flash - Gary Mancuso, SanDisk/HGST

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm DDN GS14KX & GPFS Roofline Model and some analysis - Naren Rajasingam - BOM.

2:00pm Protecting your data with GPFS - simple and advanced options,  and setup explained (Introductory-Intermediate level - good for new users or potential users to attend). - Andrew Beattie - IBM Australia/New Zealand

3:00pm Site Reports;

- All attending should be ready to report on new work please

3:30-4:00pm Afternoon tea 

4:05pm - Q&A Session, discussion with technical experts (please give your questions to Chris on the day when you arrive or email them through).

4:45pm Wrap up - proposals for new talks topics, feedback, followup, mention of the next meeting proposed for 2018.

4:55pm(or earlier if all is covered) Close


The full program of technical speakers and subjects is pretty much final.

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

Other FAQs

Who's running the event?

Chris Schlipalius 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.

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

Contact Chris Schlipalius or at my Pawsey 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 is also a slack discussion channel for Australian GPFS Operators you can join, email us your details to be invited on to receive more upto date details on speakers or if you are already a Slack user, let us know your handle.

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, eResearch will be on the day after.

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.

If you can, bring your own name badge with you to help save on printing, but if you are doing so please let the organiser know via email.

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 or DDN NDA signed?

Yes IBM have an NDA form to complete (see link above in the agenda) and these will also be emailed out to all soon.

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

Yes we have a team building exercise and drinks and dinner planned for Monday.

Tickets for this are now closed but you may wait list via an email to the organiser.

Please note: You must have another ticket for Usergroup sessions in order to be eligibile for the Monday night activity and dinner/drinks. If you don't have a usergroup ticket, unfortunately we will need to cancel your dinner ticket and place it back in the pool for event attendees (either a Speakers ticket or just a General Admission ticket).


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

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

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


Have questions about Spectrum Scale (and GRIDScaler) User Group Brisbane Australia (GPFSUGAUS) October 2017? Contact Chris Schlipalius, The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

When & Where

Rydges Hotel
Cnr Grey & Glenelg Streets
South Bank
Brisbane, Queensland 4101

Monday, October 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 4:30 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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