IBM kicked off the SC13 conference in Denver, Colorado with the first world-wide GPFS User Forum. The forum attracted a worldwide audience of current and future GPFS users. Customers and the IBM teams discussed topics on deployment, GPFS Storage Servers, GPFS roadmaps and more. Technical questions were responded to and resolved in real time by the GPFS technical team attending. User feedback was very positive and we plan to do more forums in the future.
Full House at the SC13 GPFS User Forum
Links to the public presentations described below are posted on the GPFS developerWorks Wiki
SC13 GPFS User Forum Presentations
We are also working to get the exciting monitoring tools developed by GPFS users discussed at the Forum posted and linked to the same location on the GPFS developerWorks wiki. Stay tuned!
Over at the SC13 IBM booth, the GPFS Storage Server GUI Technology demo was attracting crowds all week:
The GSS GUI technology demo attracted crowds all week at SC13
Selected screen shots of the GUI technology demo are shown below. A video going through the GUI’s paces will be available very soon on the GPFS developerWorks wiki site, stay tuned.
Example GSS GUI technology demo screen shots
I saw first hand a lot of the strengths about GPFS myself going through the GUI. Like how all components from servers to individual physical disks are equally loaded as they operate in parallel to speed data access, and how GSS’s great performance is consistent over time - from day one benchmarking on an empty system to years later when the system fills up. This contrasts to other storage systems that perform well when empty (especially during benchmarking) and degrade over time as the system fills, eventually delivering disappointing performance. Something to remember to watchout for when benchmarking storage systems.
One question we got a lot about the GUI: “Why is it planned initially only to be available on GSS?” is also answered by the screen shots themselves. As you can see, it’s very tied to specific GSS hardware, rack, servers, trays, disks, etc. Imagine trying to do the GUI shown for all the GPFS hardware variations out there. As a result, its GSS first, and its easier to see why because of the details shown and work involved, at least for me.
There was also big GPFS news elsewhere at SC13, with our newest OEM, RAID Inc, demoing a live GSS on their booth. Their product is described here: https://ibm.biz/BdRiaQ and everyone at IBM is really excited about working with RAID Inc.
Finally, as usual, most of the real GPFS action at SC13 happened behind closed doors where our technical and business team met with dozens of organizations interested in GPFS. I didn’t get to go to any of those myself, and felt just like Denver’s “Blue Bear”, wishing that I could.
Even the Colorado Convention Center's 40-foot-tall Blue Bear was trying to get a peak at the GPFS GSS GUI technology demo