2020 DDN EMEA Virtual User Group

Featuring Speakers

Alex Bouzari
CEO and Co-founder

Ben Watson
Service Owner, Parallel & High Performance Computing

Dr. Robert Esnouf
Director of Research Computing
University of Oxford

Addison Snell
Intersect360 Research

Carlo Nardone
Sr. Solution Architect

Timothy Lanfear
Director, Solutions Architecture & Engineering EMEA, NVIDIA

James Coomer

James Coomer
Sr. VP Products

Sven Oehme

Sven Oehme
Chief Research Officer

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The DDN EMEA User Group is an annual meeting that brings together the best and brightest scientists, researchers and technologists to share and learn how leading global organizations are executing cutting-edge HPC and AI initiatives that are transforming the world. The goal of the event is to gather the community and discover how organizations are assessing and leveraging technology to raise the bar on HPC and AI innovations and best practices. From exciting user presentations to groundbreaking technology updates, this can’t-miss event delivers the ideas and inspiration to help your cutting-edge initiatives transform the world.

“Two years ago I was attending the user group meeting in Denver and there was a presentation from the University of Miami on using Big Data workflows on their HPC system and that was a takeaway for me, to look into that.”

– Dr. Stephan Schenk, BASF

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Join us Live!
18 June, 2020
11:00 CET | 18:00 JST

Presentation Topics

DDN and Enabling the
Future of AI and HPC

In the rapidly changing landscape of HPC and AI, DDN brings fresh innovation with the stability you need. In this welcome address from DDN CEO and Co-Founder Alex Bouzari, he’ll discuss what to expect from DDN in the future and how you can stay in front of your challenges with the most reliable long-term partner in data-at-scale.

Surfing the Entire
Data Tsunami

The emergence of autonomous vehicles as mainstream technology brings a swathe of unique opportunities and challenges commercially, legally, and technically. This session featuring Ben Watson from Zenuity provides some insight into the technical challenges observed in developing Advanced Driver Assistance features, some methods used to expose the differences in technology stacks during the evaluation and sourcing process, and steps taken to mitigate and remediate those challenges with a bespoke solutions architecture.

EXAScaler 2020: A Radical Step Forward for At-Scale Data

Organizations need to scale their data platforms without compromising on Enterprise Features. Data that is at the core of AI and HPC workflows also needs strong Data Protection, Cloud Portability and the ability to be processed at speed from an increasingly diverse application ecosystem. EXAScaler has been radically enhanced through 2019 and 2020 and we announce here the features in our upcoming major release, EXAScaler 5.2.

Analyst Market

Addison Snell of Intersect360 Research will present an overview of the latest HPC market trends, including: the market effects (positive and negative) of COVID-19, adoption of heterogenous computing for machine learning, and a new user study rating the vendors across HPC.

The Application Aware Intelligent Data Platform

Organizations with forward looking data strategies need a higher level of intelligent automation and much finer control of their multicloud data, far beyond what is possible with any storage platform today. DDN’s R&D will bring to market an entirely new SW storage platform in 2020 that places all forms of metadata at its core, an enabling property that will make application awareness a reality for storage systems.

Evolving from Genetics Computing to Healthcare Computing

While genetics data are generally not particularly sensitive from a governance perspective and have been traditionally processed on HPC and HTC clusters, healthcare data are far more diverse and sensitive and place huge restrictions on technology choices. Dr. Rober Esnouf of the University of Oxford will cover some of the challenges that they are facing and consider what platforms will help us meet the needs of healthcare research.


Time Start Length Organization Speaker
11:00 10 min DDN Alex Bouzari
11:10 10 min DDN James Coomer
11:20 20 min Zenuity Ben Watson
11:40 15 min Intersect360 Research Addison Snell
Audience Poll
11:55 20 min University of Oxford Robert Esnouf
12:15 10 min DDN Sven Oehme
12:25 15 min NVIDIA Carlo Nardone and Tim Lanfear
12:40 20 min Roundtable: Review poll responses
w/ all presenters live


Watch featured presentation videos from the DDN User Group at ISC 2019:

Alex Bouzari, DDN

DDN and the Future of HPC. In this rapidly changing landscape of HPC, DDN brings fresh innovation with the stability and support experience you need. Stay in front of your challenges with the most reliable long term partner in data at scale.

James Coomer, DDN

EXA5 – Innovation at Scale. EXA5 brings our customers a whole new level of experience based on the Lustre filesystem. With huge performance boosts, better scaling properties and a strong appliance approach, this is Lustre like you’ve never seen it before. Fully featured, native file management, strong security, data integrity, container integration and a load more. James will talk about the major new features in EXA5 and about how we manage flash for complex and difficult use cases.

Marek Magryś, Cyfronet

The talk will describe the architecture and implementation of high capacity Lustre file system for the need of a data intensive project.

Storage is based on DDN ES7700 building block and uses RDMA over Converged Ethernet as network transport. What is unusual is that the storage system is located over 10 kilometers away from the supercomputer. Challenges, performance benchmarks and tuning will be the main topic of the presentation.

Addison Snell, Intersect360 Research

Addison Snell of Intersect360 Research will give a market overview presentation of developments and predictions for HPC, Hyperscale, and AI. Drawing on the library of Intersect360 Research reports and surveys, views will include a selection of market forecasts and end-user data. Topics will include: HPC market size and shares, Machine learning in HPC environments and Outlook for high-performance storage. 

Dr. Stephen Shenk, BASF

The talk will give an overview of recent activities in Digitalization of BASF’s R&D. It will focus in particular on how Big Data and HPC workflows can be combined and complement each other. Technical aspects as well as applications are discussed. 

Sven Oehme, DDN

New AI and ML frameworks, advances in computational power (primarily driven by GPU’s), and sophisticated, maturing use-cases are demanding more from the storage platform. Sven will share some of DDN’s recent innovations around performance and talks about how they translate into real-world customer value.

Crispin Keable, Atos

In this video from the DDN User Group at ISC 2019, Crispin Keable from Atos presents: Accelerating Time to Results for AI at Samsung UK.