Board Election

OpenSFS Board nominations and elections are conducted in adherence with the OpenSFS bylaws and OpenSFS handbook. The Board nomination process was facilitated by the Nomination Committee and the nomination period closed on February 14, 2017.

The primary contact for each OpenSFS Member company is eligible to vote for in the Board election. An online ballot will be sent directly to OpenSFS primary contacts to facilitate the voting process. Election results will be announced during the OpenSFS Member Meeting at LUG on June 1, 2017.

The following Board positions and candidates are participating in the 2017 election:


President (Term: Two years and then two years as Director-At-Large)

The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation and shall have general supervision over the affairs to the Corporation, subject, however, to the control of the Board. The President shall, if present, preside at all Annual Meetings, and at all meetings of the Board. In general, the President shall perform all the duties incident to the office of the chief executive officer of a corporation and such other duties as are provided for by these Bylaws and as from time to time may be assigned to the President by the Board.

Candidates: Sarp Oral
Dr. Sarp Oral is a Senior Research Scientist at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he is a member of the Technology Integration Group and the Team Lead for the File and Storage Systems projects. Dr. Oral has been an active member or the Lustre community for more than a decade and has participated at the OpenSFS at various levels and capacities, including leading the Benchmarking Working Group (BWG) for three years, co-leading the Lustre Working Group (LWG) for a year, and serving as a member the Board for two years. He is currently the Vice President of the OpenSFS. He has also served as a member for the Lustre User Group (LUG) Organizing Committee for about a decade.

Candidate Statement:
2016 was a reorganization year for the OpenSFS. Current Board members and the community worked hard defining the new OpenSFS structure. Now, we have the basics setup right and we have a functioning community organization, thanks to all Board members for their efforts and Stephen Simms for his leadership and guidance through the reorganization process.

I am running for the President of the OpenSFS, because I believe we have more work to do to keep the OpenSFS on a healthy and stable growth path and maintain a positive budget. My focus will be on expanding the OpenSFS membership base and organizing LUG’18. I’ve set a goal to grow the OpenSFS membership base by 50% by LUG 2018. Growing the membership base will bring more stakeholders into OpenSFS and will allow to share the responsibilities and reflect a much more complete view of the community. I will work closely with the LUG Organizing Committee for ensuring a successful LUG’18. It is also my goal to disseminate the Lustre code knowledge to the community more widely, as the budget allows. This will allow a younger generation of Lustre developers to penetrate the Lustre developer ranks. I will work with Lustre vendors and academic institutions and National Labs to make this happen. The future looks bright, both for Lustre and for the community. We still have work to make this future a reality.


Vice President (Term: One year for this first election cycle)

At the request of the President, or in the President’s absence the Vice President shall perform all duties of the President and in so acting shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President. The Vice President shall perform such other duties as may from time be assigned to the Vice President by the President or by the Board.

Candidates: Kevin Harms
Kevin joined the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) in 2007 working in the file system and storage area and that has remained his focus for the last 10 years. The ALCF has deployed several large GPFS and PVFS file systems during his tenure and Kevin has had various responsibilities from administering the day-to-day storage operations to performance tuning of application I/O. The initial deployments of the Intrepid and Mira GPFS file systems were the fastest GPFS file systems at the time. In 2016, ALCF deployed its first Lustre based file system and Kevin has been involved in the benchmarking and testing this new file system. As a member of the ALCF, Kevin has developed relationships within the HPC community and with key storage vendors. In addition to his role in the facility side, he has also spent a portion of his time working on I/O research as a member of Rob Ross’s I/O research team. Prior to joining ALCF, Kevin worked as a software developer in the Telecom industry.

Candidate Statement:
The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) joined OpenSFS last year because of its two recent acquisitions of a Cray XC40 with a Sonexion 3000 based Lustre file system and the future Intel/Cray Aurora system. Argonne has had a long history in open source involvement and as one of the file system and storage experts, I have become involved with the OpenSFS and Lustre ecosystem. I have a vested interest in the success of OpenSFS.


Secretary (Term: One year for this first election cycle)

The Secretary shall act as Secretary of all meetings of the Board, and of the Members of the Corporation, and shall keep the minutes thereof in the proper medium to be provided for that purpose. The Secretary shall cause all notices required to be given by the Corporation to be duly given and served; shall have charge of the other books, records and papers of the Corporation; shall cause the report, statements and other documents required by law to be properly kept and filed; shall maintain a current list of Members and Participants, and be responsible for Membership applications; shall act as editor for correspondence received for publication and distribute this information at intervals not greater than six months; and shall, in general, perform all the duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as may from time to time be assigned to the Secretary by the Board or by the President.

Candidates: Ken Rawlings
Ken Rawlings is a Senior Systems Analyst in the High Performance File Systems group at Indiana University. He has long been interested in the challenges of computing storage at scale, and strongly believes that Lustre is an important technology moving forward. He currently serves as the OpenSFS Liaison to the Lustre.org Working Group and is active in the continuing improvement of Lustre.org.

Candidate Statement:
It is an honor to be nominated as a candidate for Secretary of the OpenSFS Board of Directors. Serving as the OpenSFS Liaison to the Lustre.org Working Group, I have appreciated engaging with the Lustre community to improve the state of Lustre resources on the internet. This work has provided experience with collaboration, communication, and organization that I believe would be valuable in performing the duties of OpenSFS Secretary. If elected I will work diligently to serve our community in this role, furthering the great work already done by OpenSFS and assisting in any way I can as we move into the future.


Treasurer (Term: Two years)

The Treasurer shall collect, and keep account of all moneys received and expended for the use of the Corporation. The Treasurer shall deposit sums received by the Corporation in the name of the Corporation in such depositories as shall be approved by the Board; prepare appropriate financial reports for review by the Board; and be a member of the Finance Committee.

Candidates: Rick Wagner
Rick Wagner is the Globus Professional Services manager, managing a team of engineers supporting organizations and research projects in solving large-scale and complex data management challenges. Prior to this he was the HPC Systems Manager at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, where he led the team responsible for several campus, state, and national HPC clusters and many petabytes of Lustre storage. Rick’s starting point in research was computational astrophysics, and he’s a user and supporter of open-source software.

Candidate Statement:
My history with Lustre and open-source software has been very rewarding, and I’ve been proud to stand up and describe to the Lustre community what SDSC achieved while I was there. Likewise, I’ve been proud to provide some of my time and experience helping OpenSFS through its recent transition to a more community-focused organization. I would be glad to continue on the Board or to aid any and all new Board members take the helm.


Director-At-Large (Term: Two years):

A Director-At-Large <duties not described in bylaws> is a full voting member of the OpenSFS Board.

Candidates: Shawn Hall
Shawn Hall’s experience is in large scale system administration, having worked with high performance computing clusters in industry and academia. He has worked on many aspects of large scale systems and his interests include parallel file systems, configuration management, performance analysis, and security.  Shawn holds a B.S. and M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ohio State University.

Candidate Statement:
As a system and storage administrator in an environment dependent on Lustre at BP, it’s important to me that Lustre continues to grow and have a healthy ecosystem.  Having been an OpenSFS temporary board member since August, I’d like to continue serving OpenSFS and the Lustre community as a voice for the industrial sector and to help lead OpenSFS into its user-driven future.

Candidates: Stephane Thiell
Stephane Thiell is an experienced HPC Linux system and storage administrator, with particular specialization in parallel file systems and scalable cluster tool development.  Prior to joining Stanford in 2015, he worked for ten years at CEA/DAM, the French Atomic Energy Commission, administering petaflop-class supercomputers (Tera100, Curie) with a focus on large (10+ petabytes) Lustre storage systems with HSM (Hierarchical Storage Management).

Current responsibilities at Stanford include management of the XStream high density GPU cluster in coordination with the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE); storage management across multiple clusters; development of reporting and monitoring tools and dashboards;  and design and deployment of Stanford’s new “cheap and deep” storage solution for researchers based on Lustre and commodity hardware, with novel management, reporting and monitoring capabilities.

Of specific note are his open source software development activities; he is the developer of ClusterShell, a Python framework for scalable administration, sasutils, a Python module to administer and monitor large Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) fabrics, and Shine, a program focused on setup and management of Lustre file systems.

His academic credentials include a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Computer Science, both with honors, from the Universite Bordeaux in Talence, France.

Candidate Statement:
I started working with Lustre 12 years ago and since then I have worked with the major HPC storage vendors, led the organization of two EOFS’ Lustre workshops (LAD) in Europe, and this year, I am the chair of the LUG Planning Committee. I am already involved in the Lustre community but willing to do more as an OpenSFS Board member. Lustre does not exist without its users and the transformation of OpenSFS into a user-driven organization is a great opportunity for all of us (Lustre admins and users) to be properly represented. You will find me to be a positive and motivated person who is keen to contribute to the Lustre community. Thank you for taking the time to consider this application!

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