Spectrum Scale/GPFS User Group Spring 2017

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Macdonald Manchester Hotel

London Road


M1 2PG

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This year's Spectrum Scale user group event has a fantastic agenda of Spectrum Scale experts and will take place over 2-days. Please ensure you register for all the days you intend on attending. The event will provide you with the opportunity to hear the latest Spectrum Scale updates from filesystem experts as well as hear from other users on their experiences. We're also holding smaller interactive workshops to allow for more detailed discussion.

Thank you for the kind sponsorship from all our sponsors, without which the event would not be possible.

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.



The hotel is situated 0.3 miles from Manchester Piccadilly Station.


If travelling by car please use M1 2AD which will direct you the hotel’s car park on Berry Street. This is a secure and monitored car park at the rear of the hotel (directions attached) but this is chargeable at £15 per day.

There is an NCP on Travis street, just across the road from the hotel which is open and not monitored, charged at approximately £12 per day.


The hotel is 11 miles from Manchester Airport.


Being located in central Manchester means there are plenty of hotel options nearby. The hotel where the event is taking place has reserved a limited number of rooms for the night before the event (8th May) and the night of the event (9th May). The rates are £115 B&B and £145 B&B per room per night respectively and if anyone wishes to book they can call the hotel 0344 879 9088 and quote code OCFP090517 to benefit from these rates.

Any questions?

For any questions, please contact Claire O'Toole, group secretary by email


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

Day 1 (9th May):

09:00 - 10:00 Registration and Networking
10:00 - 10:30 Welcome - Simon Thompson (UG), Doris Conti (IBM)
10:30 - 11:20 Spectrum Scale Update - Ulf Troppens (IBM)
11:20 - 11:40 ESS Update - Christopher Maestas (IBM)
11:40 - 12:00 Sponsor Talk 1 - Ellexus: TBC
12:00 - Lunch and Networking
13:00 - 13:20 Customer Talk - The UK Research Data Facility - Kieran Leach (EPCC)
13:20 - 13:40 Sponsor Talk 2 - DDN: "AFM Case Studies" - Vic Cornell
13:40 - 14:30 Spectrum Scale Cloud Deployments - Christopher Maestas (IBM)
14:30 - 14:50 Licensing - Carl Zetie (IBM)
14:50 - 15:20 Coffee and Networking
15:20 - 15:40 Sponsor Talk 3 - Arcastream: TBC
15:40 - 16:30 Problem Determination - Simon Lorenz (IBM)
16:30 - 17:20 Best Practices - Olaf Weiser (IBM)
17:20 - 17:50 Q&A - General
17:50 - 18:00 Wrap-up - Simon Thompson (UG)

Day 1 will be followed by an evening social/networking event at the Museum of Science and Industry where there will be food, drinks and access to some of the museum exhibits. Please let us know when you register if you will be joining us.

Day 2 (10th May):

08:30 - 09:00 Coffee and Networking
09:00 - 10:00 (Parallel Sessions)
1) Integration with Spectrum Protect for Backup - Fabian Kulhl (IBM)
2) Docker Support / Update on metadata sizing - Olaf Weiser (IBM), Indulis Bernsteins (IBM)
3) CES Authentication / Spectrum Scale Security (Meet the Devs) - Sandeep Ramesh (IBM)

10:00 - 11:00 (Parallel Sessions)
1) Introduction to AFM and Use Cases - Nils Haustein (IBM)
2) Object, SwiftHLM and OpenStack (cloud) - Sandeep Ramesh (IBM), Simon Lorenz (IBM)
3) GUI und REST API (Meet the Devs) - Alexander Wolf (IBM)

11:00 - 12:00 (Parallel Sessions)

1) Automation of Storage Services - Nils Haustein (IBM)
2) Container and Virtualisation support (Cloud) - John Lewars (IBM)
3) HDFS Support (Meet the Devs) - Piyush Chaudrhary (IBM)

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch and Networking
13:00 - 13:20 Sponsor Talk 4 - Mellanox: TBC
13:20 - 13:40 Customer Talk - "AFM Migration – The road to perdition" - Mark Roberts (AWE)
13:40 - 14:00 Sponsor Talk 5 - Seagate: TBC
14:00 - 14:20 Customer Talk - TBC
14:20 - 14:50 Coffee and Networking
14:50 - 16:00 Research Topics - Sven Oehme (IBM)
16:00 - 16:30 Wrap-up and closing - Simon Thompson (UG), Doris Conti (IBM)


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Contact Claire O'Toole -

Can I update my registration information?

You can update your registration however, please note that we'll print the name badges and prepare the delegate pack a few days in advance, so final changes may not be reflected there if it is close to the event.

What are the sponsor talks?

To enable us to run the two days and evening social/networking event, we have asked for companies to sponsor the evening event. Sponsors are provided with a slot on the agenda to provide a technical talk focussed on Spectrum Scale / GPFS. We have specifically asked that these talks are not sales led.

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 and are grateful for their support.

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

Contact Simon Thompson (group Chair) -

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 to 200 people by the space available to us at the hotel. 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.

I can no longer attend, what should I do?

Contact Claire O'Toole - We will then be able to offer your ticket to another person.

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