Independent GPFS/Spectrum Scale User Group for Users, SysAdmins, Developers, Integrators and VARs.

Performance Round Table - Round Two

On January 12th, Paul Roberts, Patrick Byrne, Sophie Carsten and I ran a second iteration of performance talks with a small subset of UK Spectrum Scale users. As Paul covered in a previous post, the goal of the meeting was to have an informal chat with these users to gain insights on how they use their clusters, what issues they have concerning their cluster’s performance, and what we can do to help improve the product.…

Looking back at 2015 ...

Well, 2016 has begun, so I thought I'd take a look back at a year with Spectrum Scale. Actually, at the start of 2015, Spectrum Scale wasn't even a term we were using - GPFS or Elastic Storage were the names we all had in our heads. I've heard various rumours about if Elastic Storage was ever meant to be used generally, if it was for the ESS server only, or the code name for the…

GPFSUG @Computing Insight UK

This week was Computing Insight UK (CIUK) (formerly MEW), which is an annual HPC conference organised by STFC. For those not familiar, its like ISC or SC. Just on a much smaller scale - its a very different show to the major international events and I like being able to walk across the show floor (in 2 minutes) and also knowing ~60-70% of the people there... (and playing which sales person has changed vendor this year…

Spectrum Scale UG @Computing Insight UK Agenda available

The Spectrum Scale user group will be meeting at Computing Insight UK (formerly MEW) in December 2015 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The agenda is now available: 10:00 Welcome & Introductions (Simon Thompson, GPFS UG Chair & Claire O’Toole, GPFS UG Secretary 10:05 - Introducing Spectrum Scale 4.2 (Patrick Byrne, Cameron McAllister & Sarfraz Nadeem, IBM UK labs) GUI demo New features - compression and QoS Where we are heading next with…

Meet the Devs - Edinburgh

The fourth and final instalment of the 2015 UK Spectrum Scale User Group “Meet the Devs” series recently took place in Edinburgh, and I had the privilege of helping Simon Thompson and Joe Taylor lead the discussions. Not only was this my first “Meet the Devs” meeting, but it was also my first time spending any real time in Edinburgh (as is the case with most places I have visited lately). Joe and I took the…