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Spectrum Scale User Group Australia (GPFSUGAUS) April 2017

Chris Schlipalius, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 5:00 PM (AEST)

Spectrum Scale User Group Australia (GPFSUGAUS) April...

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Technical Session Attendance   more info Apr 27, 2017 Free  
Speakers ticket
For speakers at the event
Apr 27, 2017 Free  
Wednesday Drinks and Dinner ticket-one place
Ticket to reserve a place at Drinks and Dinner. Bring this with you. No ticket no place. You must have another UG ticket to use this dinner place - either a Technical Session Attendance, or Managers or Speakers ticket. If not, your order will be cancelled and the ticket put back up for others attending.
Apr 26, 2017 Free  
Press Pass   more info Apr 27, 2017 Free  

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General Information

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

The Developer team from IBM India will be participating and presenting and will be available to discuss GPFS. If you have questions you can email the organiser or prepare them for the day and the open session in the afternoon.

Tickets are now available.

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. 

Supported by kind sponsorship, we hope to hold dinner and drinks on Wednesday night to enable you to network with other Spectrum Scale users and sponsors. The event will be TBA, so when listed up, please login and reserve a dinner ticket via "Register".

IBM and Mellanox will be providing speakers from across the globe. IBM are kindly supporting the group with meeting space and refreshments.

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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Pawsey Supercomputing Centre 

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IBM Centre North Sydney


Drinks and dinner is TBA - see below

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 TBA)


9:00am DDN Case study on Infiniband networking implimentation at customer site (TBC)

10:00am Meet the IBM GPFS Developers presentations and open discussion on GPFS

10:30am Morning Tea

11:00am Meet the IBM GPFS Developers presentations and open discussion on GPFS (cont.)

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm TSM/Spectrum Protect - Advanced settings - by Jeff Jiang, The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

2:00pm Mellanox Presentation on Infiniband best design practise and configuration for GPFS (TBC - Video link)

3:30pm Afternoon tea and then session feedback

4:00 pm Wrap-up and discussion of the proposed 3rd User Group (Date TBC  - Early Aug@The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre)

4:30pm Close

The full program of technical speakers and subjects will be finalised soon.

Please add your requested topics to be covered in the channel

Other FAQs

Who's running the event?

Chris Schlipalius at Pawsey and Greg Lehmann from CSIRO are the primary contacts.

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 techncial forum of discussion for those working with SpectrumScale(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 (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 an AARNet 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 an AARNet 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?


Coffee on arrival is TBA

Will this be at the Sydney offices of IBM?


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 name badge with you to help save on printing.

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


I can no longer attend, what should I do?

Please email

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

Possibly, IBM are hoping to have NDA forms on hand to be provided by an IBM representative.

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

Yes. Hopefully courtesy of funding, we hope to have drinks and dinner planned for the Wed. Please reserve your ticket now as places are limited - you can do this by logging in again and choosing an addition ticket via "Register".

You must have another ticket for Thursday in order to be eligibile for the Wed night dinner. If you don't have a Thurdsay event ticket, unfortunately we will need to cancel your dinner ticket and place it back in the pool for event attendees.


Please 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 for the Q&A session in the afternoon.

If you are wishing to present also, we will welcome you warmly! Speaking slots are available, just register a ticket and email the organisers to confirm your topic and reserved time.

Have questions about Spectrum Scale User Group Australia (GPFSUGAUS) April 2017? Contact Chris Schlipalius, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

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When & Where

Level 13, IBM Centre
601 Pacific Hwy
St Leonards
Sydney, NSW 2065

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 5:00 PM (AEST)

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Chris Schlipalius, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Senior Storage Infrastructure Specialist/Team Leader - Data - Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Perth WA

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