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Spectrum Scale User Group Perth Australia (GPFSUGAUS) August 2017

Chris Schlipalius, The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 8:30 AM - Friday, August 4, 2017 at 4:30 PM (AEST)

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

Ticket Information

Type Remaining End Quantity
Technical Session Attendance for the 3rd August   more info 26 Tickets Ended Free  
Meet the teams event on 4th August 37 Tickets Ended Free  
Speakers ticket for the 3rd August
For speakers at the event
2 Tickets Ended Free  
Press Pass for the 3rd August   more info 4 Tickets Ended Free  

Event Details

General Information

The third Spectrum Scale user group Australia will feature a number of Spectrum Scale experts presenting on a wide variety of topics on Spectrum Scale and this will include a themed stream on Data Analytics and Machine Learning on Spectrum Scale with IBM products.

Including Conductor for Spark testing results by the Pawsey Data team. IBM Australia hopes to participate plus there will be a "meet the teams at Pawsey" event on Friday if you wish to stick around.

This event completes the week at Pawsey starting with HPC Advisory Council (Mon-Tues) and the Australian Government Sys Admins meeting (Wed).


If you have further questions for the technical sessions you can email the organiser (Chris) or prepare them for the day and the open sessions.

Tickets are available - the agenda is being finalised.

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 for Data Analytics and Machine Learning/Machine intelligence products and their use. 

Supported by kind sponsorship, we hope to hold dinner on Thursdsay night to enable you to network with other Spectrum Scale users and sponsors in Perth. The event will be at Balti 3 / 2 St Georges Terrace at 6pm.

Wherever it will be, please be assured it will be enjoyable as a good venue for socialising with your peers. So when tickets are announced as available (shortly), please login and reserve a drinks/dinner ticket via "Register".

IBM expect to provide speakers from across the globe. Pawsey are kindly supporting the group with meeting space and refreshments on the day (morning and afternoon tea on both days, lunch on Wednesday).

This event is a event in Australia.

All speakers need to email the organiser to get a copy of the SpectrumScale powerpoint template to use for topics and spaces are available if you wish to speak, just email Chris. 

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 Sponsor

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre 

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The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Perth


Thursday 3rd August - Friday 4th August 2017


The draft agenda for Thursday 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 Outline of Spark Conductor  - The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

9:00am Detail on testing work on Conductor - The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre


10:00am Morning Tea 

10:30am Unified Data Storage for Hadoop, IBM Spectrum Conductor with Spark (CwS) and Deep Learning on Spectrum Scale - Yong Zheng - IBM GPFS Development Team, CSTL, China

11:00am An update to the Auroa (Cray CS400 and DDN/GPFS) build at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology:-

  • Including GPFS performance settings to improve throughput and some statistics,
  • plus, meeting the new Business Continuity demands (RTO < 1 hour), DR with RTO < 25 hours and,
  • how we are automating the HPC side, ie the DDN and GPFS builds to achieve this

          by Naren Rajasingam | ISS - EP - Scientific Computing Services, Australian Bureau of Meteorology

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Site reports - ALL

1:45pm Machine Intelligence/Machine Learning with Spectrum Scale - IBM

2:15pm Developments in Spectrum Scale - IBM Australia

3:30pm Afternoon tea 

4:00 pm Wrap-up and discussion of the proposed 4th User Group

4:30pm Close


Friday 4th August 2017

8:00am Sign-in 

8:30am Meet the Pawsey teams introduction - Chris Schlipalius 

8:40am Team meetings

10:00am Morning Tea 

10:30am Team meetings continue

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Team meetings continue

3:30pm Afternoon tea

4:00pm Wrap up of the group and meetings 

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

Or, email the organiser with questions to ask Pawsey, DDN or IBM.

Other FAQs

Who's running the event?

Chris Schlipalius at The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, and Greg Lehmann from Scientific Computing Platforms, IM&T, 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 technical 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 on the theme of Data Analytics and other related used of the GPFS Filesystem for Machine Intelligence and data analysis.

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.

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 sorted also.

Will this be held at the Perth location at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre?


Is there a special for the accommodation for this event?

Yes, please contact Chris for details, or use the booking website that has been created for your event so you can make, modify and cancel your hotel reservation online, as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel.

To access the dedicated booking website please visit:

Rates are: 

Deluxe Room $170 per night, $195 with breakfast

Premier King room $180 per night, $205 with breakfast.

Pan Pacific Perth 

207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA 6000

Hotel Direct 08 9224 7777


Will there be other events on prior to this?

Yes, HPC Advisory Council is expected to meet on the Monday and Tuesday, plus the Australian Government System Administrators Meeting is on Wednesday.

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, optionally bring your own 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 if necessary.

 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 Thursday evening. When released (in the next 3 weeks), 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 tech sessions in order to be eligible for the Thursday night dinner/drinks. If you don't have a Thursday 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 can be made available, just register a ticket and email the organisers to confirm your topic and reserved time.

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

When & Where

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre
12 Burvill Court
Perth, WA 6152

Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 8:30 AM - Friday, August 4, 2017 at 4:30 PM (AEST)

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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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