Ceph in HPC Environments at SC19


Individuals from several organizations will come together at SC19: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis in November, 2019 in Denver, Colorado to share their experiences with Ceph in HPC Environments.

This "Birds of a Feather (BoF)" meeting will bring together Ceph developers and systems administers to share their experience working with Ceph and to discuss how it can be used to address many of the challenges that we now associate with Big Data and data intensive research. The format for this BoF is a series of six lightning talks. Each talk is about 6 minutes, followed by questions. Researchers, developers, and administrators are welcome to come and participate in this session and to share and learn about Ceph in the wild.


Below is a picture taken at the Ceph BOF at SC18.


Speakers and Panel Members


Ben Lynch, Ph.D. Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, University of Minnesota

  • Talk Title:  Ceph in Research Workflows
  • Bio Sketch: Ben is the Associate Director for Scientific Computing at MSI, where he leads a team of consultants that carry out projects in scientific computation, software development, and new technology deployment. His Ph.D. work involved developingmethods for computational thermochemistry and thermochemical kinetics simulations. Ben has led Ceph deployments for object and block storage at MSI.  

Andras Pataki, Ph.D. Flatiron Institute 

  • Talk title: Life with a Large CephFS Installation at the Flatiron Institute
  • Bio Sketch:  Andras Pataki is a Senior Data Scientist at the Flatiron Institute Scientific Computing Core.  He focuses on research in high performance computing and collaborates with Flatiron’s science centers to enhance data analysis and scientific software development at the Institute.  Additionally Andras also works on computing infrastructure projects and he is the architect of the high performance parallel Ceph storage implementation at Flatiron.  He holds a B.S. in computer science from the Stevens Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.


Brian Balderston, SDSC

  • Talk title: Ceph for the OSN
  • Bio Sketch: Brian Balderston is the Director of Infrastructure for SDSC’s Research Data Services division and has worked for the Center for 8 years. He oversees multiple engineering teams, including Enterprise Networking, Cloud and Storage Systems, and a Colocation facility. Brian works closely with PIs at SDSC, UC San Diego, and national partners, to build innovative infrastructure services to meet the needs of the research community. 


Phil Straw , SoftIron

  • Talk title: Ceph on ARM
  • Bio Sketch: Phil Straw is the CEO of SoftIron. 


Douglas Fuller, Red Hat, Inc.

  • Talk title: What's Coming in Ceph Octopus
  • Bio Sketch: Douglas Fuller has been a Ceph engineer at Red Hat, Inc. since 2015. Prior to joining Red Hat, Doug worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge Leadership Computing facility, working on design and implementation of some of the world’s largest and fastest scalable data storage systems. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Iowa State University, studying programming models and languages for high performance computing.